Lift on foot overbridges in Mohali: Tender void as only 1 firm qualified

  • Jyotsna Jalali, Hindustan Times, SAS Nagar
  • Updated: Nov 28, 2014 09:41 IST

Amid controversy over installation of lifts at foot overbridges, the municipal corporation has scrapped the project.

The civic body had invited tenders last month for putting up three lifts and three companies had applied. The technical bids for the said tenders were opened on November 4, where only one company qualified for it. The period of concession, which means for how much time the contract would be allotted, should have been from three to seven years, but in the contract terms were not clarified.

The MC’s conditions demanded that a company applying for the contract should not only have minimum turnover of Rs 25 crore, but also solvency of Rs 10 crore along with net worth of Rs 20 crore.

Also, the condition of experience had been kept as in operations and maintenance, instead of in installation of lifts.

However, those interested in the contract had objected to the same. It was because of these stringent conditions that just one company had been able to qualify.

MC commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta said,“As per policy we couldn’t have negotiated with just one company, so the tender has been scrapped. We haven’t decided on when the tenders will be floated again.”

The MC, while floating the tender, had missed on significant point regarding fixing the time frame for which the contract will be given to the chosen company. As per the policies laid down by Punjab municipal advertisement policy 2012, a contract can be given for up to seven years; however the company which had been selected by MC after floating the tender demanded the contract for 15 years, as the MC failed to mention the time frame while floating the tender.

Structures lie unused

The MC is on the back foot, as far as use of these foot bridges goes. There are four such structures in the city which were constructed after spending Rs 2 crore.

The same are lying unused and the people still can be crossing roads, rather than using these bridges to reach the other side.

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