The administration of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, on Monday started the process to scrap the tendering process in which big chemists of the city had made a cartel to lower the rent of shops in the institute.
Sources in the PGI revealed that the estate branch (commercial) of the institute had put a note on the cancellation of the tendering process.
On Monday, the Hindustan Times had carried a story titled "Chemists gang up to offer lower bids for two PGI shops" had highlighted that how big chemists of the city had made a pool to give a lower bid of the two chemist shops on the PGI campus.
These shops were the most sought after commercial spaces and one was located inside the emergency and the other was located in the advanced trauma centre.
Earlier, the shops at the institute were so sought-after that last time the shop located inside the emergency attracted highest rent bid of Rs 44 lakh per month. However, in the recent tendering process, the shop could fetch just Rs 24 lakh as monthly rent.
Similarly, another shop, which was to be opened at advanced trauma centre, was also of equally importance as far as business interests of the chemists are concerned.
However, that shop too could fetch just Rs 3 lakh rent a month.
The HT had highlighted that how the chemist lobby had put a question mark on the Rs 18 crore of annual revenue, which the institute generates from the auction of chemist shops.
Now, sources revealed that the institute's administration has started the process to scrap the entire tendering process and float the new tenders.
The sources said the estate branch (commercial) of the institute was on Monday asked by the senior officials of the institute to put up a note regarding the cancellation of the tendering process.
The sources also confirmed that the cancellation note was sent by the estate branch to the senior officials in the PGI hierarchy, who would give a final nod for the cancellation.
When contacted, Manju Wadwalkar, spokesperson for the institute, said the decision would be taken as per the rule.