PCMC leader of house alleges cartel in tender process for compound wall for Wakad octroi booth
Kalate alleged that of the five eligible contractors, two had written a letter to the corporation to withdraw their bid. He said that they had written the withdrawal letter due to political pressure from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).pune Updated: Feb 01, 2018 17:02 IST
Shiv Sena’s Rahul Kalate, leader of the house in the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, has alleged the existence of a cartel in the ₹2.9 crore tender process for the construction of a compound wall for an octroi booth in Wakad.
Kalate alleged that of the five eligible contractors, two had written a letter to the corporation to withdraw their bid. He said that they had written the withdrawal letter due to political pressure from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Kalate further said,“PCMC had issued a tender notice on December 30 and six contractors had applied. After scrutinising the contractors, PCMC had published a list of five eligible contractors on its website. Surprisingly, Rahul Construction and SS Sathe (contractors) later wrote a letter to the corporation asking for the withdrawal of their bid.”
To avoid any financial loss, we approached the commissioner and requested him to open all the tender quotations to expose the cartel, Kalate added.
PCMC commissioner Shravan Hardikar took note of the complaint and instructed the chief accounts officer to take action according to the set provisions. He asked for an analysis of the tender quotations and found that the rate quoted by Rahul Construction was significantly low. Out of the five contractors, Rahul Construction had quoted a rate that was 22% less than the estimated rate, while SS Sathe had quoted a sum that was 9% less than the estimated rate. Further, Yash Kirti Associate had quoted a rate that was 1% less than the estimated rate, while SB Sawai had quoted a rate that was 1% more than the estimated rate. Pandurang Enterprises had also quoted a rate that was 2% more than the estimated rate.
Rahul Construction got the work tender of ₹2.9 crore which would have otherwise gone to Yash Kirti Associate.
Hardikar said,“After we received the complaint from Shiv Sena house leader Rahul Kalate, I had given strict instructions to open all tender quotations. As per the rule, we have allotted the tender that quoted the lowest cost. As far as the presence of a cartel is concerned, we will make a final call only after an inquiry.”