bmc: BMC re-tenders works worth Rs 1,200 crore for roads across Mumbai | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: The BMC on Thursday re-tendered road works worth close to Rs 1,200 crore in cement-concrete, asphalt and mastic asphalt. These works had been red-flagged by the department head last month after road contractors quoted up to 30% below estimates.
Officials said that in the coming days roads in Mhada layouts will also be tendered for repairs and the total cost of road repair works are expected to cross Rs 2,000 crore.
On Thursday, the tenders were invited under three different categories for roads in eastern and western suburbs and city areas. The BMC gave interested parties time till October 28 to fill in their bids.
Corporators said they feared that with the stringent conditions that are being laid this time, if interested parties seek an extension in filling of bids the road works are only likely to be delayed.
A civic official said that several key tender conditions have been modified in the new tenders, like contractors who take part in the tenders must have previous road work experience instead of having any civil work experience.
“Similarly, it has been mandatory for contractors to sign memorandum of understanding (MoU) with owners of ready mix concrete (RMC), asphalt and mastic asphalt plants. The contractors will have to give an MOU for machinery and equipment with the plant owners. There will also be deferred payment. Only 80% of payment will be released when the work is completed. The remaining 20% payment will be released during the defect liability period (DLP) in instalments,” the BMC’s modifications to the tender conditions read.
BJP corporator Vinod Mishra said that the BMC had tweaked the tender conditions to favour the old cartel of contractors.
P Velrasu, additional municipal commissioner (projects) said that the 80:20 deferred payment is to ensure quality. “Twenty per cent will be paid on 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th year after checking the quality of roads each year. Undertaking with material suppliers is to ensure the suppliers supply the designated grade of material. Undertaking can be given within one week of opening financial bids,” said Velrasu.

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