Tenders recalled as collusion between bidders suspected
The development works of the city are further expected to get delayed as the finance and contract committee (F&CC) of Municipal Corporation Moga has recalled almost all the tenders, of about Rs 22 crore concerning with civil works, suspecting pooling between the contractors.punjab Updated: Jun 11, 2016 16:05 IST
The development works of the city are further expected to get delayed as the finance and contract committee (F&CC) of Municipal Corporation Moga has recalled almost all the tenders, of about Rs 22 crore concerning with civil works, suspecting pooling between the contractors.
Now, tenders of as many as 150 works of total 155 will be floated once again under the Punjab urban development mission funds and municipal funds.
During the meeting led by mayor Akshit Jain and deputy commissioner cum MC commissioner along with its members including senior deputy mayor Anil Bansal, deputy mayor Jarnail Singh and councillors Vaneet Sharma and Gurminder Singh Bablu suspected pooling by the contractors.
Despite tenders were called through the e-tendering process, the MC has received single bidder in each category and also, there was less saving in the tendering procedure for the MC.
Most the works were related to civil works including carpeting roads and installing interlocking tiles that were cancelled by the committee.
However, the committee had allotted tenders of works which were found necessary such as installing tree guards, LED lights, and mosquito spray.
Sources said that only single contractor bid the each tender at low overall average savings (OAS) ranging from 1.5 percent to 2.5 percent which is very less as compare to already going works.
“Earlier, there were three to four contractors use to bid on each tender and further the ratings will be discussed in F&CC meeting. The tender was allotted to the contractor with maximum OAS,” they said.
They said that it was apparent that contractors had pooled the works among them to earn huge profit from works.
Gurminder Bablu said that the same works of interlocking tiles and roads were allotted on the OAS ranging from 15% to 19%.“If the tenders were allotted at this low OAS, the corporation would have suffered a loss of crores,” he said.
Jain said that the committee had suspected pooling between the contractors who bid at very less percentage and to avoid financial loss to the corporation they have cancelled all the tenders.
“Within 15 days, same tenders will be recalled again that development works could not be delayed,” he said.