A member of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) standing committee approached the Bombay high court challenging an award of contract for quality audit of road improvement and repairs work.
A division bench of justice SA Bobde and justice Mridula Bhatkar posted the petition filed by Niaz Ahmed Vanu for hearing on Friday after BMC counsel Preeti Purandare sought time to take instructions.
The standing committee member has sought cancellation of the contract awarded to SGS India Pvt Ltd contending it was awarded merely on the recommendation made by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and without inviting tenders. Vanu has alleged that the statutory process of inviting bids was dispensed with only in order to favour the firm.
According to Vanu’s petition, the chief minister had recommended SGS India’s appointment on September 22, 2011, the firm submitted its proposal to the civic body four days later and an informal proposal to the effect was circulated in the standing committee meeting of September 29.
The petition further states that a formal proposal from the civic commissioner Subodh Kumar was placed for consideration in the standing committee meeting of December 30, 2011. The proposal had sought dispensation from the usual process of inviting tenders citing lack of time and lack of renowned firms engaged in quality audit of roads improvement and repair work.
The committee member has, however, alleged that purported urgency and necessity for dispensing with tender process was “self created” with malafide intention of favouritism.
Vanu has alleged that this time no steps were taken for appointment of the quality audit contractor while issuing advertisement inviting bids for road repair and improvement work.