Clearing all doubts, PCB awards tender for waste project
After clearing all doubts, the Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) has given the tender to the lowest bidder for the conversion of dry and wet garbage into RDF, compost etc at its trenching ground in Hadapsar.
Pune: After clearing all doubts, the Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) has given the tender to the lowest bidder for the conversion of dry and wet garbage into RDF, compost etc at its trenching ground in Hadapsar.
In a special board meeting held on Monday, PCB President Maj Gen Prithi Singh made it clear that the tender would be awarded to Bhumi Green Energy. He said that all doubts have been cleared after the committee’s report submission. The work will be monitored until its completion.
During the board meeting on October 9, it was decided that the online tenders received for the work at the processing plant, for the conversion of dry and wet garbage into RDF, would be scrutinised again before awarding the tender. However, board member Dilip Giramkar raised doubts over the selection of the company. Four online tenders were received by the PCB. Three outsourcing agencies quoted the cost of approximately Rs 500, while another outsourcing agency had quoted Rs 277.
The board decided to consider the online tenders, for which it asked the committee constituted on October 9 to file the report. Four firms had submitted their bids, which were scrutinised. Initially, the section concerned had doubts about the experience certificate submitted by M/s Bhumi Green Energy. It asked the bids to be forwarded to a charted accountant to verify them regarding their adherence to the prescribed eligibility criteria laid down in the tender documents, in particular to the aspect of the experience certificate of the bidder.
In the last board meeting held in August 2018, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) notice to the PCB was discussed for not complying with the Solid Waste Management rules of 2016 and not setting up a processing plant, after which the Cantonment issued a tender for the same.
During the meeting, Giramkar again raised concerns over the company’s experience. The board president made it clear that the committee had submitted the report and there was no doubt over the experience of the company.
However, the president asked the company representative how much time they would take to complete the work. The representative said that they would complete the work within three months.
Send off speech
The board meeting held on Monday was the last meeting of President Maj Gen Prithi Singh. He will retire on October 31. The send off ceremony was held after the meeting. During his emotional speech, he said, “I was given the charge of the PCB president. In the due course of time, the Cantonment turned out to be a family.”
Praising the outgoing president’s work, CEO of PCB Dr DN Yadav said that the board witnessed his ability to make quick decisions in favour of citizens.