Now, AAP raises questions on street furniture tender

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Feb 21, 2015 00:09 IST

Following the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Ludhiana has now raised question over the financial bid for the state-of-the-art street-furniture project.

The financial bid was placed by a private firm to display advertisements on the street furniture at 1,146 points in the city recently.

The municipal corporation (MC) has already forwarded the documents related to the tender to its consultant to analyse. AAP district convenor Ahbaab Singh Grewal said the Ludhiana MC had once again shown that they are second to none when it comes to safeguarding vested political interests in awarding contracts.

“Such are the strange ways of the MC that the previous contract was for Rs 2.5 crore for six months and was considered undervalued, whereas now the same amount is considered appropriate for a much-longer period,” he added.

The party has demanded that this alleged flawed process should be scrapped and a level-playing field should be provided to all companies specially the local ones who are willing to pay much higher amounts for the same contracts.

“A thorough probe should be marked so that it can be ascertained as to who is manipulating this process and for whose benefit. The whole process of awarding any contracts by the MC should be made transparent,” said Grewal.

On Monday, BJP councillors had opposed the bid that was made by just one private firm. BJP councillor Inder Agarwal had claimed that the bid for the project was too low as the company had offered just Rs 2.55 crore for displaying advertisements at 1,146 points for seven years. He had demanded cancellation of the bid, since the BJP councillors
smelled a rat in it.

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