FOUR CONSTRUCTION companies from different parts of the State have shown interest in the re-tendering process for the Rs 248-crore Bhopal Narmada Water Supply Scheme. The re-tender process, which began a month ago, is likely to be completed in a fortnight. In April 2005, the foundation stone for the project was laid with much fanfare with a promise of completing the scheme in three years.
Due to some lacunae in the tender process during the first time, the State Government committee on Narmada Water Supply of Bhopal had decided to invite tenders again for the scheme. This time, one more company responded to the tender call and the remaining three companies are the same, which had made bid at the time tenders were floated first time.
According to information, the four companies that responded are the Nagarjuna Construction Company, the Subhash Project Marketing Limited (SPML), the Kirloskar Construction Company and the Hindustan Construction Company. Jaipur-based Hindustan Construction Company offered bid for the first time.
In the notice inviting tender (NIT) for Narmada pipeline first time, the PHE had asked the rates for three types of pipes, including the glass reinforced plastic (GRP) pipes or mild steel (MS) pipes or bar wrap steel cylinder (BWSC) pipes for bringing Narmada water to Bhopal. Of these, MS pipe is considered the best for such projects.
Since there were different rates for laying pipelines, this was precisely the reason for inviting tenders again to avoid legal tangles.
When bids opened first time, in the category of two types of pipes – GRP and MS, the rate of SPML was lowest and the rates of Kirloskar was lowest in BWSC pipe segment.
The office of Bhopal’s Narmada Water Supply Scheme is learnt to be making efforts to submit tenders to the State Government for the final approval in a week’s time. Officials said the technical study of the proposals could take time.
The work orders will be issued after various approvals at the State Government-level. The construction company will get 21-month time for the implementation.