Call for tenders for a drainage project for 11 villages draws attention | Pune News
Pune: The municipal administration’s call for tenders to lay drainage pipes in the 11 newly merged villages was criticized by opposition in the house.
Opposition within the general body of the Pune Municipal Corporation – Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and Congress – claimed that the tender, worth Rs350 crore, had not been issued in accordance with procedure and alleged that he favored a few agencies. They asked the administration to remove the call for tenders and publish separate calls for tenders for the different works of the project.
According to the detailed project report, a 150 km pipeline network would be laid in these villages. The project also includes the construction of three wastewater treatment plants.
“The jobs are of different types, so the agencies that perform them must be different. It is not good to have one agency do all types of work, it is not healthy. It seems that the tender was launched with a specific agency in mind, ”said Prithviraj Sutar, head of Shiv Sena in PMC.
Senior PMC officials refuted the allegation and said no agency had been named. They said the bidding process was still ongoing and the picture would become clear within a week.
“Better coordination of all is the only reason behind this merger. Although the works are different in nature, they are interrelated. Keeping an agency accountable would make it easier, ”said a senior city official.
He said several bidders have expressed interest in the project. “There are a few days left for interested parties to submit their offers,” the official said.
The proposal to merge 34 villages within the boundaries of PMC was approved in 2013-14, but no progress was made until a group of citizens – Haveli Taluka Nagari Kriti Samiti – moved the high court from Bombay. A directive from HC guaranteed that 11 villages were merged in 2017 – nine in part and two – Uruli and Phursungi – completely. This increased the population within the PMC limits of 2 lakh.