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BMC tenders to stay on Net

IN A jolt to the BMC corporators, the State Government has not only approved uploading of tenders on the Bhopal Municipal Corporation?s website but also has asked other civic bodies in the State to follow the practice.

india Updated: May 07, 2006 00:46 IST

IN A jolt to the BMC corporators, the State Government has not only approved uploading of tenders on the Bhopal Municipal Corporation’s website but also has asked other civic bodies in the State to follow the practice.

The directive has come as a huge relief to Mayor Sunil Sood as well as BMC officials who were facing stiff resistance to
the move.

In a rare show of unity, corporators cutting across party lines had protested against the BMC administration’s decision to upload the tender documents on its website www.bhopalmunicipal.com during the recent BMC council meeting.

In fact, the protest has been going on ever since the BMC administration started uploading tenders about six months back. The uploading of tender on Internet began during Manish Singh’s  (IAS) tenure as BMC Commissioner. His successor has also retained the practice in the face of stiff protest.

The corporators’ plea for protest is that more publicity for small tenders through Internet has been causing delay in work. On the other hand, officials believe that the uploading of documents on website would ensure greater competition among bidders which in turn, would improve quality in work. Besides, this will also minimise chances of corporators getting contracts to their chosen few for favour.

When asked, BJP corporator Asharam Sharma said that the main reason behind opposition to uploading the tenders on website was delay in developmental works.

He said that the BMC administration should blacklist the contractors who fail to execute work within given time limit after begging the work order. Sharma had raised this issue during BMC council meeting.

Mayor Sunil Sood said that this would bring transparency in tendering process. BJP corporator Alok Sanjar also welcomed this order and said that there should be a check on the delay of works.