The minor roads repair contract seems to be plagued with problems. In the latest such example, the civic body has decided to disqualify two contractors from the bidding process for its Rs 357 crore minor road works contract, after they failed to explain how they would carry out quality work, despite bidding more than 15% below the civic body’s estimate.
The two firms, Sheth constructions and Ramesh &Associates had bid for several wards, but did not submit their rate analysis (RA) — a detailed break-up of how the contractor will spend on labour, machinery and material and still stay within quoted budget.
According to contract clauses, a contractor has to submit an RA if the bidding amount is either 15 % more or less than the civic body’s estimate of work.
Sheth constructions had bid for around 6 wards, quoting as low as 15-17% below the civic body’s estimate, while Ramesh & Associates had bid for one ward, quoting 17.5 % below estimate.
An official from the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation, on condition of anonymity, said: “These firms had quoted much below than the 15% cap, despite which they did not submit an RA. There was no option but to disqualify them from the bidding process.”
The two firms had already been shortlisted by the roads department to allot work under the Rs357 crore contract for relaying of minor roads (less than 30ft wide).
Satish Badhwe, chief engineer (roads) said: “If any firm has not submitted the RA, they will automatically be disqualified.”
However, the contractors claimed that they were not aware of the development. “They haven’t informed us of the disqualification. I was out of town, so I am not aware of whether we submitted the RA or not,” said Ashish Sheth, a partner in Sheth constructions.
Prahlad Chedda, partner, Ramesh and Associates said: “I had submitted my RA, but the computer may not have accepted it, due to which the BMC must not have gotten my RA.”