BMC to change road tender norms to curb malpractices
MUMBAI: In the wake of the road work scam that has recently come to light, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has proposed major changes to the tendering process for civic contracts to keep a check on contractors’ cartels and the consequent irregularities.
Some of them include relaxation of norms to encourage bidders, implementation of uniform tender conditions for all departments and a mandatory five-year warranty period for contractors. Also, considering the manipulation in records maintained by contractors and civic engineers, the civic body is likely to introduce geo-tagging for all works.
The BMC recently filed a case against six contractors and two third-party auditors, along with suspension of two senior officials, after a probe report found the work on 34 roads, worth Rs352 crore, was substandard, with several irregularities.
Hindustan Times on May 5 reported the BMC was planning an overhaul of the tendering process to curb corruption and i r regularities i n civic contracts. CONTINUED ON P10