PMC to use State portal for floating work tenders

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 6 March 2019

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) seems to have lost their faith in the online tendering process. Now, they have decided to use the State Government’s Maha e-tender system to float their tenders.

Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) seems to have lost their faith in the online tendering process. Now, they have decided to use the State Government’s Maha e-tender system to float their tenders.
 
The Pune Municipal Corporation has claimed they have taken this decision as they want transparency in the tendering process. 

Speaking to the media, PMC Additional Municipal Commissioner Rubal Agrawal said, “The PMC has decided to use the State Government’s Mahatender website for uploading tenders. It will help to make tendering process more transparent and tenders will get more response. Right now, some work tenders do not get response from contractors. So, we have to re-tender work again and again. Now, we will get larger platform and more bidders will show interest and there will be more competition.”

Rahul Jagtap, Head of PMC Information Technology (IT) Department said, “Right now, we have to seek service of a private contractor to run online tendering service. We charge Rs 150 from bidders to take online tender service. After shifting to State Government’s Maha tender website, we will get a free platform to upload tenders. We will not have to take money from bidders. This change will happen after 
elections.”

Before 2008, the PMC used manual process for tendering. At that time, corporators were blamed for having vested interests. 

On the other hand, corporators also raised doubts on the manual process. So, the PMC decided to make tender process online in 2008. 

However, corporators alleged that employees are interfering in online tendering process. They alleged that employees and contractors are hand in glove.

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