Pune: An activist has written to Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) authorities claiming that a tender issued by the civic body calculates the total expenditure of undertaking anti-encroachment activities wrongly and consolidates the earlier individual 15 contracts for 15 ward offices into a single contract.
Ashish Mane of the Wadgaon Sheri Nagrik Manch alleged that the PMC is trying to wrongly cut costs.
“There are 15 ward offices, of which each had their own contract of about Rs 20 lakh each to carry out works. This year, the PMC has brought out a single contract at an estimate of Rs 1 crore,” he said.
“This is not enough considering that in the calculation, the PMC has considered that 3,000 hawkers and 300 stalls will be acted upon, which means just 20 stalls per ward,” Mane said, adding, “The PMC has considered only 759 two-wheelers and 800 four-wheelers to be acted upon for no parking confiscation. In a city of 40 lakh vehicles, how will there be action against just 40?”
“The tender is completely wrong in its estimates. It mentions a requirement of four trucks for the whole city. In 15 wards, how can 4 trucks be enough? It also expects the contractor to provide videographic footage of all procedures,” Mane said and added, “How can a single contractor fit all these things within Rs 1 crore and even if he does, will it serve the purpose?”
Mane said that the PMC is not serious about anti-encroachment drives. “How will they make the city encroachment free if they are not going to make resources available?” Mane said, adding, “This tender should either be cancelled out completely and let the earlier system prevail or they should be re-issued with proper estimates.”