THE BHOPAL Municipal Corporation (BMC) has not found a suitable contractor for realising toll tax at Bhadbhada Bridge although tenders have been floated four times.
A couple of years back, the Bhadbhada toll tax barrier was set up by the BMC to generate funds for the maintenance of properties developed under the Bhoj Wetland Project (BWP). Some other measures, including establishment of food points, were also taken.
In January 2004, a private firm - RPM Enterprises - was given the rights to realise toll tax and establish food points, besides putting up hoardings in exchange for maintaining BWP properties.
However, this contract was revoked after a few months due to political reasons. Thereafter, the BMC started realising toll tax through its employees.
In September 2005, another contractor was given this work. But he left mid-way finding it a loss-making venture. The BMC had also seized security deposits worth Rs 6 lakh of this contractor.
Another contract was awarded in April this year. However, this contractor skipped some monthly installments. The BMC had also suspended two officials in this regard in September last.
Now the search for a new contractor is on. The offset price for the annual contract has been kept at Rs 25 lakh. BMC revenue officer Pradeep Verma said at least two contractors left work mid-way. The Corporation is making efforts to find a new contractor and realise toll tax through its employees, he added.