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Current road contractors quoted up to 55% below BMC estimate

It’s no wonder that the city roads are pockmarked with potholes. The contractors appointed for road maintenance and repairs won contracts after quoting as low as 55% below the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corpo-ration’s estimated work cost.

mumbai Updated: Aug 13, 2011 02:34 IST
Kunal Purohit
Kunal Purohit
Hindustan Times

It’s no wonder that the city roads are pockmarked with potholes. The contractors appointed for road maintenance and repairs won contracts after quoting as low as 55% below the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corpo-ration’s estimated work cost.

The BMC allots tenders to the lowest bidders, and all contractors appointed quoted between 24% and 55% lower than the civic estimate.

The BMC had floated tenders for an estimated cost of Rs5 crore each, and these contractors were appointed in June 2010. “Bids that are 10% to 15% lower than our estimate are acceptable as there are differences in the market estimate and ours. But 55% is not workable,” said a senior civic official.