Pune: The opposition parties in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) have demanded the intervention of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in the tender process of round the clock water supply developing cable duct work. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress in a joint press conference here on Wednesday, alleged that the private companies which participate in the bidding process of both the work had formed a cartel and quoted around 25 per cent more amount of the work.
The quotation of four companies who participated in the tender for the work of underlying 1,800 km long water pipeline was opened on Monday and Tuesday in which it was revealed that all bidders quoted 26 per cent above the estimated cost.
Congress group leader in the PMC Arvind Shinde alleged that due to the alleged cartel formed by four private contractors, the PMC will have to suffer a loss of around Rs 300 crore.
“It seems that all private players came together to share the cost of Rs 1,718 crore jointly,” Shinde said. Interestingly, Shinde had already claimed that there is a cartel in the tender process a few months ago and now his allegation seems to have come true. Opposition leader in the PMC Chetan Tupe demanded immediate intervention of the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in this matter. He challenged the CM and said, “Now, the CM should set an example of transparent administration by taking action against those who are responsible for this cartel and re-tender the process.” He also alleged that the same thing happened with the tender of work of developing duct for optical fiber cable and the private contractors formed a cartel to loot the tax payers’ money.
When asked about the cartel in the tender process, Standing Committee Chairman Murlidhar Mohol feigned ignorance about the issue and said that he will have to study the matter before commenting on it.