Lacklustre performance in executing projects in Pune will damage BJP

Ashish Jadhav
Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Failing: The BJP, despite having a complete majority in the PMC, has floated as many as three multi-crore tenders in the past six months which have either been scrapped or re-tendered.

Pune: The BJP seems to be facing a tough time when it comes to executing important developmental projects in the city.

The party, despite having a complete majority in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), has floated as many as three multi-crore tenders in the past six months which have either been scrapped or re-tendered.

Recently, the PMC scrapped four tenders for executing the much debated round the clock water supply project. Similarly, two weeks ago, Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCDCL) decided to re-tender the Adoptive Traffic Monitoring System (ATMS) project following bidders quoting inflated rates.

Since the BJP came to power in the PMC in February this year, it has had to face embarrassment over its inability to execute developmental projects, many of which were scrapped or re-tendered following  the intervention of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis over allegations of inflated cost estimations by participating bidders.

While a separate authority is looking after the ambitious Smart City Project, BJP officer-bearers in the PMC are also part of the Board of Directors of Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd (PSCDCL).

The Smart City project is considered close to the heart of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but the BJP has failed to execute it efficiently.

The PMC decided to install ATMS for improving the traffic signaling system in the city, but Larsen and Toubro (L&T), which won the bid, had quoted Rs 336 crore for carrying out the project, which was much more than the PMC’s estimated cost.

However, the other bidders quoted higher prices, thereby bringing L&T’s bid before the PSCDCL’s Board of Directors for approval. After a period of three months, the board observed that the plan presented by L&T had many loopholes and missed important details like how the system can by run, system for controlling traffic, etc. It also took harsh view of the inflated estimate.

The same scenario is being observed in the development of Katraj-Kondhwa Road. In this case, Fadnavis issued instructions to his party colleagues to float a new tender to develop the road as the PMC passed a tender which was 34 per cent higher than the estimated cost.

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