The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has scrapped tenders for appointing contractors for the monitoring purpose of real-time toll collections at five entry points of the city and the Mumbai-Pune Expressway (MPE) citing conflict of interest between the company that was short-listed as the lowest bidder and the company that collects tolls on the expressway.
The MSRDC had floated bids in November 2015, inviting private companies to develop real-time data collection software to monitor toll collection at every MSRDC tollbooth in the state. However, after receiving bids from around 10 companies, a company named Kent Intelligent Transportation Systems was short listed as the lowest bidder for developing software with the help of “Wide Area Network” (WAN) connectivity, and all WAN servers were to be connected with the main server at MSRDC’s head office in Mumbai, which will not allow the contractors to under-report the traffic data.
“After evaluating we found out that the company which is short-listed provides services or deals with the Ideal Road Builder (IRB) which is one of our contractors for collecting tolls at the expressway. Hence, there is a conflict of interest here between the company and the contractor and so we decided to scrap the whole tendering procedure,” said Radheshyam Mopalwar, managing director, MSRDC.
The MSRDC now plans to float fresh bids for appointing contractors for the same by the end of month. “We have every right to decline offer by the bidders at any point of time without giving any reason as that is in the power of the authority,” said D. A. Salunke, chief engineer of toll monitoring unit (TMU), MSRDC.
The Mumbai Entry Point private limited operates tollbooths at the entry points of the city, namely Vashi tollbooth, Mulund tollbooth on Eastern Express Highway, Dahisar tollbooth, Airoli tollbooth and Mulund tollbooth on LBS Marg whereas the Mumbai-Pune expressway’s tollbooths are handled by the Ideal Road Builders (IRB).