Bucking the trend, contractors have bid more than the civic body’s estimate for resurfacing 17 bridges across the city.
While the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)’s roads and bridges department had estimated that the project would be executed at the cost of around Rs 32 crore, the three short-listed contractors have quoted a substantially higher total cost of Rs 42 crore.
On an average, the three contractors have bid at least 13% higher than the civic body’s estimate. Contractors said this was because bridge resurfacing work was a costly affair and carrying out work at BMC’s prices was not feasible.
According to the civic body’s plan, 11 bridges in the city region and another six in the suburbs will be resurfaced.
However, this doesn’t exactly spell good news. The troublesome Jagannath Shanker Seth bridge in Dadar and the Keshavsut bridge, along with two others, will not be resurfaced as the civic body couldn’t find any contractors.
A contractor, not wishing to be named, said, “The condition of all these four bridges is such that resurfacing will not help. These bridges need extensive work. Hence, we didn’t see logic in taking up work of those bridges.”
Among the other bridges that will be resurfaced are the Lokmanya Tilak bridge in Dadar, the Kemp’s Corner flyover, the iconic Princess Street flyover as well as Andheri’s Gokhale bridge.
The proposal will come up for discussion on Friday’s standing committee meeting.