MCB extends road work bid, terms promise more clarity

The date of allocating the tenders for laying of new roads, recarpeting old ones, laying of interlocking tiles, concrete road, brick pavement and others work worth Rs 73 crore was extended today in the F&CC meeting held at the Mayor’s office.

Mayor Balwant Rai Nath said changing the terms and conditions of the tender, they had included that the bidder should be the owner of the hot mix plant, due to which they have extended the date of allocating the tenders.

Now, other bidders can also bid for the projects. The date on which the new tender will open has not been decided yet, the Mayor added.

On the contrary, MCB Commissioner Anil Garg said there was no change in the terms and conditions and they had just lent clarity to two issues. Now tender will be opened on February 29 instead of February 26, he added.

Senior deputy mayor Tarsem Kumar Goyal said as competent authority had framed the tender keeping in mind all the rules, regulation and legal framework, doing any changing in it at the last moment gave wrong impressions of the working of the MCB.

The MCB had to float two tenders of Rs 42 crore and Rs 31 crore for the laying of new roads, recarpeting of old roads and other related works last month and it was to be open on February 26, but on February 16, two members of the F&CC and SAD councillors Harmander Singh and Nirmal Singh Sandhu sent a letter to the commissioner and Mayor demanding change in terms and conditions of the tender.

They have demanded that the turnover of the bidder, which has been fixed at 40 per cent, should be increased to 80 or 100 per cent and the bidder should own hot mix plant.

After this, MCB contractors have alleged that MCB officials wanted to give the tender to their close ones and they have even written a complaint to Local Bodies Minister Anil Joshi, Chief Secretary, Punjab, Secretary of the Local Bodies Department and the Bathinda Deputy Commissioner.

They have demanded that the tender should be opened with old terms and conditions and a probe into the incident should be conducted.

A pre-tender bidding meeting was called on February 20, but due to a holiday, the meeting could not take place and it was postponed for today.

In the meeting held today, senior deputy mayor Tarsem Kumar Goyal and deputy mayor Gurinderpal Kaur Mangat strongly objected to any change in the terms and conditions of the contracts just three days prior to the opening of the bid. Heated arguments were exchanged between the F&CC members and meeting went on for around four hours.

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