After clearing five contracts for pre-monsoon road work with bids 59% below the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) estimate, the standing committee on Wednesday cleared a proposal to repair pavements on Link Road worth Rs 199 crore, which was 28.26% below the estimated cost.
According to the proposal, all four contractors who had bid for the work had quoted between 15% and 28% below the civic body’s estimate. The scope of work includes improving the foothpaths along Andheri and Bandra West Link Road by replacing the paverblocks with mastic asphalt.
Low bid is a concern as it suggests that the quality of work might be compromised. What this means is if the BMCs estimate for work was Rs 100, the contractor estimated that the work could be carried out at Rs 71.74.
This is not the only such proposal tabled by the civic body to get clearance from the committee.
Earlier this year, the BMC had tabled seven proposals worth Rs 650 crore that included a blacklisted contractor and bids 20% below the projected cost.
Hindustan Times had earlier reported how contractors vying to fill trenches dug by utility companies had claimed they could do the job at rates 55% to 60% lower than the BMC’s estimate. The proposals were scrapped and fresh tenders were floated.
Also the Rs 100-crore project to develop and maintain open spaces in the city were under a cloud because of low rates. The contractors had bid as low as 70% below the civic body’s estimated cost.
SVR Srinivas, additional municipal commissioner, in-charge of garden department, said, “Following the low rates, tenders have been re-invited and we are trying to finalise them soon as the present contract to maintain gardens in the city ends this month.”