Pune: The Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (PSCDCL) has decided to go for re-tendering of the Adoptive Traffic Monitoring System (ATMS) as private bidders have quoted inflated rates to execute the project.
A decision in this regard was taken during a meeting of the board of directors of the company on Saturday. The meeting was presided over by PSCDCL Chairman and Urban Development Department Chief Secretary Nitin Kareer.
Speaking to the press after the meeting, Opposition leader in PMC Chetan Tupe, who is the ex-officio member of the board of directors of the company, said the PMC decided to install the ATMS for improving the traffic signalling system in the city. However, L&T company, the bid winner, had quoted Rs 336 crore for carrying out the project, which was much more than the estimated cost.
However, the other bidders had quoted higher prices than L&T. So, it bagged the contract. A proposal in this regard was put before the board of directors for its approval three months ago. Meanwhile, the board of directors observed that the ATMS plan presented by L&T had many loopholes. Minute but important details such as how the system can be run, a system for controlling traffic and exorbitant quotation of the project, etc, were missing.
“Kareer himself demanded explanation about these during the last two meetings. Later, Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar negotiated with the company and managed to bring down the quoted price from Rs 336 cr to Rs 292 cr. However, Kareer and other board members were not satisfied with this. They decided to go for a re-tender,” Tupe said.