THE KIRLOSKAR Brothers Limited (KBL) is likely to bag contract for laying the pipeline under the Bhopal’s Narmada Water Supply Scheme. At Rs 274.4 crore, the financial bid of the Pune-based KBL was found to be lowest among all four bidders in the re-tender process. The tender will be forwarded to the State Government for its approval in a week.
If all goes well, the work on the scheme can begin anytime in April with a completion period of 21 months. “The Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed us to forwarded the proposal before February 28 so that the State Government can complete further process. We hope that we will be able to complete the initial process before this deadline,” said an official of Bhopal’s Narmada Water Supply Scheme implementation unit.
The Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department is the implementing agency for the scheme and the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) will be the funding agency.
According to information, the Nagarjuna Construction bid is second lowest at Rs 298.8 crore and New Delhi-based Subhash Project and Market Limited (SPML) offered the bid at Rs 312 crore. The fourth bidder – Hindustan Construction of Jaipur – made a bid at Rs 351 crore. Though officials consider lowest rates reasonable, the KBL representatives are said to be called for negotiation. In such a situation, it seems the rates may be lowered.
After the approval, the proposal will be forwarded to the State Government and further to the chief secretary-headed tender committee. After the approval from the committee, the work order to the construction company will be issued. The completion of the process may take another month.
The scheme has already been delayed as the first notice inviting tender (NIT) took a long time before the State Government committee decided to cancel the first NIT and invite a fresh tender. The process for the second NIT had begun some two months back. The foundation stone for the scheme was laid in April 2005.
Supreme Court nod for sanctuary land awaited
THOUGH THE tender process of Bhopal’s Narmada Water Supply Scheme is likely to be completed in a month, the approval of the Supreme Court to use the sanctuary land for pipeline laying is still awaited. The delay in the sanctuary land allotment may slow the implementation of the scheme. However, the Supreme Court Empowered Committee on Forest has recently told the PHE officials that it would soon submit its report to the Supreme Court for the final decision.
The forest land of Ratapani Sanctuary is required for the scheme. The sanctuary land could be used only after the permission of Supreme Court. According to information, the Supreme Court’s empowered committee had earlier questioned the forestland allotment for Narmada scheme as forestland has already been allotted for defunct Kolar Augmentation Scheme-II. The committee had enquired the requirement of the latest scheme when the Kolar Scheme was already in place.