Tender for Pune’s Rs 5K-cr HCMTR scrapped; 3rd project with bids way over costs
While the reserve price for the tender was fixed by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) at Rs 5,192 crore, the lowest bid received was 45 per cent higher, a senior civic official saidUpdated: Dec 12, 2019 16:41 IST
Pune municipal commissioner Saurabh Rao on Tuesday scrapped the tendering process for the ambitious High Capacity Mass Transit Route (HCMTR), also known as Pune’s inner ring road.
While the reserve price for the tender was fixed by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) at Rs 5,192 crore, the lowest bid received was 45 per cent higher, a senior civic official said.
This is the third cancellation of the tendering process of a mega project in the city on grounds that the bids were far higher than the cost estimates drawn up by the civic body.
The HCMTR project envisages an elevated road of 35.96 km with six lanes, and has been planned as an inner ring road for Pune city. Two dedicated lanes for the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) with 26 stations, and four lanes for four-wheelers with 17 up-ramps and 16 down-ramps have been project under this project.
PMC’s Road department head Aniruddha Pawaskar who is heading the HCMTR project confirmed that Rao had issued a written order and scrapped the bid. With the tender having been scrapped at the administrative level, it will now not go before the crucial standing committee for approval.
The two bidders for the project were the Adani Group, Welspun and China Third Engineering consortium and another consortium Gawar Group and Chinese Firm Longgin.
“As the process has been cancelled, the administration would now decide on the next action plan for the project,” Pawaskar said.
Former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had given high priority for this project saying that it would be a part of Pune’s integrated transport system.
In August 2017, the then PMC commissioner Kunal Kumar had scrapped the tendering process for the Rs. 2,000 crore 24x7 water project. Under this project PMC planned to lay new water pipelines and erect water tanks for providing round the clock water to the whole city.
The lowest bid for this project was Rs. 2,400 which was scrapped by the PMC. After re-tendering the project was approved at Rs. 2,055 crore February 2018. The tender was awarded to L&T and Jain Irrigation company.
With regards to the Rs.215 crore Katraj-Kondhwa road project, the PMC had scrapped the tendering process four times because it felt the bids received were inflated. This project relates to PMC road department is erecting 3.5 km stretch from Rajas Society to Khadi Machin chowk.
The road would have 13.5 metres of carriageway, a 7.5-metre service road, 5 metres of angular parking, 3-metre cycle track, footpath and 4.4 metres of space for tree plantation.
While the reserve price for the project was fixed at Rs 215 crore, the bid that was approved by the PMC was at Rs 145 crore after scrapping four times.
As a result, the civic body saved Rs 70 crore of public exchequer.
The civic body has kept the tendering process for the Rs 990 crore River rejuvenation project which has been proposed with financial aid from Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA). Under this project central government is bearing 85 percentage of project cost and PMC would bear 15 percentage additional cost. As the tenders for JICA were escalated, PMC denied to carry it as it would increase burden on civic body.
The municipal commissioner has sought the central government’s advice on the JICA project’s tendering process.