Jan 28

E-tender must from April 1 for govt purchases above Rs 2 lakh

NEW DELHI: Come April 1, all central ministries and public sector units will have to float e-tenders for procuring goods and services exceeding Rs 2 lakh, a move aimed at bringing transparency in government purchases.
At present, e-procurement is mandatory for purchases of Rs 5 lakh or more. Government procures goods, services and work contracts.
In January, the Expenditure Department had decided the tender value limit of Rs 10 lakh spent in respect of e-procurement would be brought down to Rs 5 lakh from April 1, 2015 and further down to Rs 2 lakh from April 1, 2016.
As per its instructions it is mandatory for all central ministries, departments and Central Public Sector Enterprises, and autonomous/statutory bodies to publish their tenders on the Central Procurement Portal( CPP) after a certain threshold limit.
In 2014-15, about 3.81 lakh e-tenders were floated worth Rs 2.12 lakh crore.
As per the latest data, in 2015-16 so far, 471,826 e-tenders have been floated entailing an amount about Rs 3.49 lakh crore.
Bulk of the tenders are floated by Railways followed by Central Public Works Department (PWD) and defence PSUs.
In the current fiscal so far, 3.56 lakh tenders were floated for goods, about 93,000 for work contracts and 22,342 for services.

Jan 23

Tenders floated to appoint consultants for MTHL project

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development (MMRDA), in a bid to appoint consultants for implementing the 22-km-long Mumbai-Trans Harbour Link (MTHL,) has floated tenders (expression of interest) for appointing project management consultants (PMC) to assist the MMRDA and Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

In the meantime, the MMRDA is also expecting a final clearance from the forest advisory committee of the Union ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) via a formal notification.

Earlier this month, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “We have all the necessary clearances for the project now, and once the notification on is out, we will formally complete all the talks with JICA related to the financing of the project and also begin the process of tenders by March.”

JICA had earlier agreed to fund 80 per cent of the estimated project cost of Rs 11,000 crore and the remaining 20 per cent was proposed to be made available by the Centre.

“The expected period of the consultancy is going to be of around seven years. The work of the consultants will be mainly assisting MMRDA in pre-tender activities like bid process management, bid evaluation and also awarding work for the project in packages,” stated the tender document.

MMRDA plans to implement the project on Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC – Design Build) basis. It also plans to have a team of 100 executive engineers working on the project. They plan to recruit 30 executive engineers for the project and the JICA and also the potential consultants will appoint remaining staff.