Municipal corporation plans to give advertising rights for foot overbridges

  • Jyotsna Jalali, Hindustan Times, SAS Nagar
  • Updated: Feb 04, 2015 09:23 IST

The four foot overbridges (FOB) constructed for the convenience of people have turned out to be white elephant for the municipal corporation (MC).

Constructed at the cost of over Rs 2 crore, these are neither being used by people nor the MC has been able to earn any revenue out of them.

Now, putting the work of installing lifts at these overbridges on hold, the MC has decided to earn some revenue by giving advertisement rights.

MC commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta said, "The advertisement rights for these foot overbridges will be rolled out soon, and the project of installing lifts has been put on hold for some time."

There are total four footbridges installed at the different light points of the city and hardly anyone can be seen using them to go to the other side of the road.

It is pertinent that no study was held to know the opinion of the city residents regarding these bridges before the MC had decided to float tenders for installation of lifts.

Also the MC, while floating the tender, had not fixed a specific time for which the contract was to be given.

As per the Punjab municipal advertisement policy, 2012, a contract can be given up to seven years. However, the company which had been selected by the MC demanded the contract for 15 years.

The decision later invited flak from various quarters, and the MC had to cancel the tender to put the project on hold.
Instead of mentioning "experience in installing lifts", the tender had sought experience in operations and maintenance of lifts. Those interested in the contract had objected to the same.

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