PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) Electrical Department has cancelled three ward office-level tenders worth Rs 3 crore as it was duplication of the work of replacing old street lights with Light Emitting Diode (LED) fittings.
Under the Pune Street Lighting project, the civic body, in 2016, undertook the work of changing the sodium vapour lights which were used as street lights earlier with LED to save electricity as well as electricity bills.
The project was awarded to Tata company under a Private-Public Partnership (PPP) and the civic body provided Rs 16 crore to Tata for the same. The company changed approximately 8,400 lights with LEDs.
From the past one year, the civic body’s Electrical Department has been calling for tenders as per requirement, purchasing LED fittings and installing them. Till date, the PMC has installed around 25,000 LED fittings. The entire process is being controlled and monitored by the Electrical Department.
Meanwhile, Kasba-Vishrambaug Wada, Bhavani Peth and Ghole Road ward offices floated separate tenders for purchase and maintenance of LED fitting. When the PMC’s Electrical Department found out about the duplication, they cancelled the tenders.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Additional City Engineer of the Electrical Department Srinivas Kandul said, “The civic body has installed around 1.15 lakh LED fittings. There are still another 25 fittings to be installed. The work is in the process. However, three ward offices ignored the fact and floated fresh tenders to replace old street lights into LED fittings which electrical department cancelled and saved the PMC’s money.”