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BMC tenders on website rake in cash

UPLOADING TENDER advertisements on its website has been bringing good results to the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) as far as revenue collection is concerned. The number of contractors responding to offers has gone up 10 times.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2006 13:23 IST

UPLOADING TENDER advertisements on its website has been bringing good results to the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) as far as revenue collection is concerned. The number of contractors responding to offers has gone up 10 times.

According to officials, the BMC is likely to earn Rs 1.5 crore per annum only by selling tender documents to contractors. Earlier, this amount was Rs 10 lakh. This will become possible due to uploading of tenders on the BMC’s website- www.bhopalmunicipal.com

Officials said more than 25 contractors were purchasing tender documents for every offer after this experiment. Previous BMC Commissioner Manish Singh had taken the decision to this effect. Earlier, only three tender forms were being sold for every offer.

However, corporators are opposing this decision pleading that this could delay the works. In the traditional way of allotting works, corporators were able to secure the tender for their favourite contractors. Now, they are finding it tough to oblige their contractors, admits a corporator.

However, officials are happy as they are receiving competitive bids for their works. This would also save revenue, as contractors would be ready to carry out works in low cost.

First Published: Feb 17, 2006 13:23 IST