The new system for allotting minor ward level works to contractors which the civic body recently announced will now be implemented on a trial basis for six months.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday said that the new system would be open to review and changes after a six month trial period. The system would be put in place from October 25.
Additional municipal commissioner, Aseem Gupta, said: “Ward committee chairpersons expressed scepticism over the workability of the new system. Therefore, we have agreed to implement it for a six-month trial period. However, we are confident that it would work”.
In another minor change in the system, the civic administration has decided against forming a panel of contractors who would be eligible to bid for works.
“It would take a month or two for us to form the panel itself which would again hold up work. Therefore, we have kept it open for any registered contractor to quote or bid for works as and when they come up,” said Gupta.
Ward committee chairpersons raised several misgivings over the system as they were of the opinion that it could lead to indefinite delays in carrying out work.
“With tenders to be issued for every work, we would have to wait for a month for any work to start. There are emergency works to be carried out on so many occasions such as repair work of sewerage lines and that of drains which would get deferred due to procedural delays,” said Abhishek Ghosalkar, chairperson of the committee for R Central and R North wards.
The aim behind bringing in the new system was to break the monopoly of contractors that used to be appointed for two years for every two wards as per the old system.