BMC eyes big players for road works in Mumbai

Friday, 9 November 2012 - 8:39am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
With corporate firms having snubbed the city administration over roads-improvement works the in western suburbs, BMC has said that it will again invite major players for similar projects worth around Rs552 crore in the island city.

With corporate firms having snubbed the city administration over roads-improvement works the in western suburbs, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has said that it will again invite major players for similar projects worth around Rs552 crore in the island city.

The BMC on Thursday said that it will issue tender notices inviting major players to bid for road works in the island city within three days. It has planned to construct and repair 127 asphalt roads of a total length of 42km while two (22.5 km) are of concrete.

“We recently received communication from a major company, requesting to invite listed players to participate in bidding for road works in the island city,” said additional municipal commissioner Aseem Gupta. “Considering the road quality issue, we will try to get them on board again.”

Gupta added that in case major players don’t bid, the BMC will still have medium-size firms competing to bag the contracts.”

Last month, BMC invited major players like L&T, Gammon India, HCC to participate in the bidding process for Rs365 crore worth projects in the western suburbs (Bandra to Dahisar) after concern over quality of roads, built and maintained by civic contractors who bid at lower costs. The BMC had also agreed to change tender norms to see corporate firms take part in bidding.

Three firms which bagged road works contracts had bid much lower than the estimated costs of the projects. Three firms, which bagged the suburban contracts, had bid  21 per cent, 17 per cent and 16 per cent lower than estimated costs.

Meanwhile, BMC has said that it will begin actual road construction and repair work in the western suburbs in December, while it will commence in the island city in January. “The work will be phased out so people are not inconvenienced,” said Gupta.


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