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Low bids cast doubts over quality of work

The BMC has found it fit to award contracts for road maintenance to bidders who quoted much below its estimates. But many fear this could result in poor quality work.

mumbai Updated: Apr 05, 2012 01:50 IST
Kunal Purohit

The BMC has found it fit to award contracts for road maintenance to bidders who quoted much below its estimates. But many fear this could result in poor quality work.

“While we continue to make new roads, these contractors are supposed to ensure that the original road condition is maintained,” said a senior civic official. “However, these contractors cut corners in the technicalities and hence, the point of making new roads is completely lost,” the official said, requesting anonymity.

What has surprised many is the fact that the BMC’s standing committee chose to award contracts without as much as a discussion. Rais Shaikh, Samajwadi Party corporator and member of the standing committee, said, “Since these bids are as much as 45% less than the BMC’s estimate, the quality of work will not be of acceptable standards. These issues should have been discussed in detail in the committee meeting before approving [the contracts].”

Activist Nikhil Desai has pointed out several flaws in the way contractors have been reinstating trenches in Matunga. “The quality of work done by these contractors is anyway very poor. Now, with such low bids, citizen’s problems are going to be aggravated,” he said.

Additional municipal commissioner Aseem Gupta assured that contractors would not be allowed to cut corners. “We will be using ground penetrating radars to monitor the work done by these contractors,” he said.