Pune: The Nagrik Kriti Samiti (NKS) has demanded the scrapping of the tender floated recently, as there are major irregularities in its Estimated Project Cost for High Capacity Mass Transit Route (HCMTR). The Nagrik Kriti Samiti (NKS) NKS alleged that there appears to be undue hurry to grant the contracts for this project.
The Samiti consists of a few non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as Deccan Gymkhana Parisar Samiti (DGPS), Nagrik Chetna Manch, Anandvan-SRPF Hills, Pashan Baner Hills group and Area Sabha Association of Pune (ASAP).
They have come together to raise awareness on HCMTR project details and garner public support for opposing its implementation.
According to them, the project affects thousands of families and livelihoods in Pune and also compromises the non-renewable natural heritage of the city.
According to Nagrik Kriti Samiti (NKS), there is a significant discrepancy in the Estimated Project Cost and the bid quotation raises questions regarding the financial feasibility of the project. It merits a re-evaluation of the costing by a third party, the Samiti has said.
“As reported in the media earlier, the lowest bid for the HCMTR tender was 44 per cent higher than the Estimated Project Cost. As per the tender documents on the PMC website, we understand that the Estimated Project Cost (EPC) is Rs 5,192 crore and from the news write-ups, it appears that the two bidders have both quoted Rs 7,535 crore,” a statement from Nagrik Kriti Samiti (NKS) said.
Objections raised by NKS
- Tenders floated in February are not valid because the State government is yet to approve the substantial modifications under the relevant act.
- - On September 9, 2019, the PMC proposed a modification to the originally approved alignment of the HCMTR amounting to 13.142 km of the 36-km long road.
- - The circular dated 25.11.2017 states that no tenders can be floated for any project until at least 80 per cent of the land has been acquired.
- - Since the final alignment is not yet approved, land acquisition for the changed portions cannot happen and hence the tender process is no longer useful.
- - “We fail to see how the February tender is valid when more than 40 per cent of the alignment is through private land and the land acquisition process has yet to start,” the NKS statement said.