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Road bids 45% lower than estimates

Here is why you shouldn’t expect the city’s roads to get any better. While the civic body has set aside more than Rs3,000 crore to expand road infrastructure over the next two years, it has earmarked a measly Rs120 crore for its upkeep during this period.

mumbai Updated: Apr 05, 2012 01:36 IST
Kunal Purohit

Here is why you shouldn’t expect the city’s roads to get any better. While the civic body has set aside more than Rs3,000 crore to expand road infrastructure over the next two years, it has earmarked a measly Rs120 crore for its upkeep during this period.

What is more alarming is that the contractors who have been awarded these maintenance projects, have submitted extre-mely low bids, ranging from 19% to 45% less than the BMC’s estimated cost of Rs5 crore for each ward of the 24 wards.

But instead of becoming concerned about the shoddy work such underbidding will produce, the civic standing committee went ahead and appointed individual contractors for all the wards, without any discussion, on Wednesday. These contractors will be responsible for restoring a road to its original condition whenever it is dug up.

Additional municipal commissioner Aseem Gupta, who is in charge of roads, said: “We had revised some guidelines this time which meant that contractors would have to use lesser materials, which is why they bid low.”