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Mumbai civic body can now access contractors’ records with a single click

MUMBAI CITY NEWS The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s new system will allow all departments to get records before handing over contracts

mumbai Updated: May 23, 2017 00:33 IST
Tanushree Venkatraman
Tanushree Venkatraman
Hindustan Times
Mumbai CIty News,Desilting scam,Roads scam
Desilting work underway at Mahim as part of civic body’s pre-monsoon preparation. (HT file )

Tainted contractors will find it difficult to get civic work contracts. The road and desilting scams have prompted the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to feed details (registration and work performance) about all contractors into its internal system.

It will assign a Unique Identification Number (UID) to each contractor through which a civic official can access his records.

The system will make the contractors’ data (including penal action and penalty imposed) available to all 108 departments.

A senior official said, “The move will ensure transparency in the system before awarding contracts. There are so many contractors that it becomes difficult for departments to access their details.”

Senior civic officials said the system would be implemented from May 31. A circular will be issued to all the departments soon.

In September last year, HT had reported that the BMC was working on a model in which all details about contractors would be available on a single platform.

Around 900 contractors have already registered with the BMC.

The departments, which had initiated action against contractors for irregularities, will have to update all records in the system, officials said.

According to officials, an e-monitoring cell tab would be created in BMC’s internal SAP system. Once a UID is entered in the system, officials will get all information about the contractor.

Although the BMC maintains records about all contractors, it is only available with the departments involved with the works, and that too manually.

Every year, the BMC awards civic works worth crores to contractors for roads, drainage, health, solid waste among others.

Two major scams were unearthed in the last couple of years.

In the Rs352-crore roads scam, the Mumbai police arrested 26 people, including three senior civic officials and employees of six tainted road contractors and two third-party auditors.

Eighty-five civic officials are under the scanner in the Rs80-crore desilting scam.

First Published: May 23, 2017 00:33 IST