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Why corporators curse Internet

IN THE good old days, corporators had little problem in getting petty BMC contracts to their chosen ones. No longer. Internet has changed all that. Now the corporators not only wistfully long for the ?golden past? but have actually complained to the Mayor against the practice of putting tenders on Internet.

india Updated: Feb 08, 2006 11:53 IST
Anil Dubey

IN THE good old days, corporators had little problem in getting petty BMC contracts to their chosen ones. No longer. Internet has changed all that. Now the corporators not only wistfully long for the ‘golden past’ but have actually complained to the Mayor against the practice of putting tenders on Internet.

Of course, their plea is that this tendering business takes ‘a lot of time’. But the BMC administration is not impressed by the argument. Poor corporators!

The BMC recently started uploading the tenders and offers on its website, resulting in far wider response than in the past. Earlier, corporators would get the works allotted to favourite contractors.

In the traditional method, contract would be allotted silently to any contractor by the BMC’s engineering department or the zonal office. All they needed were at least three bidders to respond to any tender. Thus, only two bidders had to be managed to get the contract to the favoured third.

The tender below the amount of Rs 2 lakh could be allotted after putting it up on notice board. Tenders above Rs 2 lakh should be published in newspapers.

Ever since tenders are being uploaded on the BMC website, too many bidders have started coming forward for the corporators to manage.

The corporators are unhappy with this. Many of them met the Mayor and the BMC Commissioner to express their grievance against this practice.

“Many works related to civic problems are to be done immediately without waiting for tender process. In case of floating the tender for every work through the website, these works could suffer delay ”, said Krishna Mohan Soni.

Another corporator admitted that this uploading has created problems for them in obliging contractors, which are their party workers.

“We are in the politics and need support of workers. Some of them are registered contractors in the BMC and we need to oblige them but this new system has come in the way”, lamented another BJP corporator.

Mayor Sunil Sood said that a delegation of corporators had met him to register protest in this regard. But, this system is needed to bring transparency, he added.

First Published: Feb 08, 2006 11:53 IST