Pune: Two days after the estimate committee of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) approved an estimate of Rs 2,325 crore for the 24x7 water supply project, the PMC published the tender notice for the project. However, even after three days of publishing the tender notice, the tender documents have not reached the tender cell. Therefore, detailed tender documents were not available on the website of the PMC.
Questions are being raised about why the Municipal Commissioner published the tender for the project in a hurry when tender documents of the project were not ready. The officials of the Water Supply Department made it clear on the day the project got approval from the estimate committee that it will take at least 8 to 10 days to publish the tender for the project.
However, it has now come to the fore that the tender notice was published in the absence of the chief of Water Supply Department, with the signature of a junior officer. It has also come to the fore that in the tender notice, the wrong dates for obtaining tender document and submission for tender have been mentioned. As per the notice, the prospective bidders can purchase bids between November 13 to December 28, but the last date for submission is November 28.
The PMC had issued a tender for the project in August, but there were allegations of inflation in bidding. Hence, PMC decided to withdraw the tender, citing GST rollout as the reason. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis asked PMC to take care that this time, the bids for the project should not be inflated. The consultant for the project has prepared another estimate for the project of Rs 2,615 crore. Last week, the estimate committee suggested a cut of Rs 290 crore and revised it to Rs 2,315 crore. Earlier, the bid was 26 per cent more, and the total cost of the project was Rs 850 crore more than the revised cost of the project.
PMC officials said, "Since Water Supply Department has not submitted the tender documents to the tender cell of PMC, the tender has not been published on the PMC website. PMC is going to publish a corrigendum to its tender notice for the correction of dates published in earlier bid."