May 26

MC to recall 21 tenders for installation of tubewells

In order to avoid pooling by contractors and save money, the MC Commissioner today ordered the cancellation of 21 tenders that were called for installation of tubewells in various parts of the city. Now, these tenders will be floated once again under the Punjab Urban Development Mission.

During the checking of tenders, the officials found out pooling by contractors which could have proved expensive to the department. Despite the fact that tenders were called through e-tendering, the officials received single tender in each category and also, there was less saving in the tendering procedure for the MC. A total of 28 tenders were floated, but tenders for 21 development works were cancelled.

MC Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said, “Suspecting tender pooling by contractors, I have asked the officials to recall the tenders so as to avoid a financial loss to the department.”

He said tenders would be floated shortly and the works would also be taken up on priority.

Reportedly, most of the development works were related with the installation of 25 HP tubewells in areas, including Bharti Colony, Royal City, Karabara near Vishnupuri, Pratap Bazar, New Shivaji Nagar, Naulakha Garden Colony, Janakpuri, Bajwa Colony, Shankar Puri, Prem Nagar, Kalyan Nagar, Kitchlu Nagar, Chand Colony, Ganesh Nagar and Sangalan Wala Shivala road.

Apr 26

Tenders for monitoring toll collection scrapped

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).



Apr 14

Government to call for rural BPO tenders soon

1460451644_bpo-call-centreThe government is expected to call the tender for allocation of business process outsourcing (BPO) centres in rural India, sources told Business Standard. Budget 2016 envisions rural BPOs to start operations by 2017, and has allocated Rs. 500 crore towards it.

Reportedly, 190 new rural BPOs with an employment capacity of 1.25 lakh employees each shift will come up across India’s vast suburban landscape. A target of 45,000 seats has been set for 2019.

Budget had said the government would offer subsidy of up to 50 percent of capital expenditure, or Rs 1 lakh per seat, whichever is lower, to promote its India’s BPO Promotion Scheme (IBPS).

Calling the rural BPO initiative a flagship programme of the Digital India scheme, a senior official explained the IBPS creates job via information technology and balances growth of IT-enabled services (ITeS) across each state, particularly the digitally deficient ones.

A National Association of Software Services Companies (Nasscom) report says Ahmedabad, Kochi, Kolkata and Jaipur, along with Bhubaneswar, Kochi, Visakhapatnam, Thiruvananthapuram, Chandigarh and Indore, are fast emerging as new destinations for business process management/outsourcing (BPM).

“These cities have made their way to the BPM (BPO) sector map owing to their excellent infrastructure, including cheaper real estate, cost-competitiveness, availability of talent and conducive business environment,” the Nasscom report said.

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Apr 05

Indian State Of Kerala Floats 200 MW Solar Tender

The southern Indian state of Kerala has finally joined the bandwagon of Indian states launching massive solar power tenders.

The Kerala State Electricity Board has floated a tender for 200 MW of solar power capacity. Bidders will be able to submit bids for project capacities between 10 MW and 200 MW.

The benchmark tariff has been set at Rs 7.04/kWh (US¢11.0/kWh), which is significantly higher than the lowest-ever tariff of Rs 4.34/kWh (US¢6.5/kWh) realized in an auction few months back.

According to media reports, tariff bids for this tender are expected to be higher than the recent ones due to several reasons. The project developers will be required to identify and acquire land on their own. Bank guarantees and bid bond amounts to be submitted by the bidders are also higher than other recent tenders.

Nevertheless, healthy response to the tender can be expected, as Kerala enjoys substantial solar radiation resources. The state has not seen any major capacity addition since the launch of the National Solar Mission in 2010. By the end of February 2016, only 12 MW of capacity had been commissioned in the state, none of which was achieved in the current financial year of 2015-16. Continue reading

Apr 01

MMRDA misses Fadnavis’ deadline for MTHL tenders

The work on the 22-km long Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) could get delayed further as the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has missed its deadline set by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to float civil works for the project.

In January, Mr Fadnavis had said that MMRDA has all the necessary clearances for the project. Once the notification on it is out, the government would formally complete all the talks with JICA related to the financing of the project and also begin the process of tenders by the end of March. That, however, does not seem possible at the moment as the project is yet to be approved by the Japanese government for JICA to fund the project.

Commenting on the matter, a senior MMRDA official said, “We were expecting to complete all the formalities with the JICA officials and sign the financial closure agreement around March 10. But that could not happen and it caused the delay in floating tenders for the project.”

He further added, “We are expecting to complete all the formalities related to the work within this year so that the work on the project could start before the end of financial year of 2016-17.”

The project pegged at Rs 17,500 crore recently got a boost as the MMRDA allocated Rs 1,000 crore for the project in its financial budget for 2016-17. However, the project is yet to be inked with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which is going to fund 80 per cent of the total amount of the project.

Mar 25

HC Allows Govt to Process Palamur-RR LIS Tenders

HYDERABAD:  In a relief to the Telangana government, a division bench of the High Court on Wednesday permitted it to go ahead with processing the tenders submitted for the Palamur-Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Scheme (PRLIS).

The bench, however, told the government not to enter into final agreement with the successful bidder pursuant to the tender notification since it has to be ascertained whether all the recommendations of experts are incorporated for implementation of the scheme.

The bench, comprising acting chief justice Dilip B Bhosale and justice P Naveen Rao, while dealing with a petition filed by former minister and BJP leader Nagam Janardhan Reddy, observed that it would not remain a mute spectator if crores of rupees worth public money was put in the hands of contractors who had no required expertise in executing the project.

Nagam, in his petition, sought a CBI probe into the process of framing of tender notification issued by the government for  PRLIS. The recommendations made by experts from the Engineering Staff College of India (ESCI) were ignored by the authorities, he pointed out. Continue reading

Mar 18

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. Continue reading

Mar 09

Hero, ReNew Big Winners in Karnataka Solar Power Tender

hero-renew-big-winners-in-karnataka-solar-power-tenderNEW DELHI: Hero Future Energies and ReNew Power emerged big winners in a mega tender for 1,200 MW of solar power capacity floated by the Karnataka government, with both bagging 180 MW each of projects.
“This win will establish Hero Future Energies as one of the major players in the solar segment with a pipeline of around 400MW of projects under various stages of execution,” said Sunil Jain, its CEO and executive director.

The Hero Group firm made the lowest winning price bid in the entire auction at Rs 4.69 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for the talukas of Gangavati, Chikkanayakanhalli, Koratagere and Madhugiri. The highest winning bid in the open bidding was Rs 5.81 per kWh for Nagamangala taluka. All the winning bids were substantially lower than the benchmark tariff of Rs 6.51 per kWh the Karnataka government had set.

The bids were opened last Friday.

The lowest winning tariff is a shade below that which won the last solar auction held in Uttar Pradesh (Rs 4.78 per kwH) in February but higher than the prices touched in Maharashtra (Rs 4.43 per kwH) and Rajasthan (Rs 4.34 per kwH) auctions in January.  Continue reading

Feb 26

Tenders invited for re-construction of 1,000-pillar mandapam

25TMGPSHI-W025__26_2751990fIn an effort to bring back the glory of the famous hill temple of Lord Venkateswara, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams has invited the much-awaited tenders for the re-construction of the ancient thousand pillar mandapam that was razed to the ground in the initial years of this century.

The ancient structure that once stood majestically opposite the main temple complex was pulled down by the TTD as part of implementing its ambitious master plan aimed at de-congesting the area. In the changed scenario, the TTD now wants to re-construct the structure at the sprawling Narayanagiri gardens. The estimated cost of the project is put around Rs.18 crore and work is expected to be completed in one year.

The structure, which is expected to come up in a total of 88,245 sq feet, is being designed in such a way that it meets both the present and future requirements of the management. Broadly, the quadrilateral structure will be constructed with four rows of pillars with abundant open space in the middle that will serve as a cushion to meet the future requirements. According to one opinion, the open space of about 20,000 sq ft available at the centre of the mandapam is ideally suited for the construction of a massive hall sufficient enough to accommodate more than 3,000 pilgrims at any point of time.

The structure, which is being developed on the lines of multi-purpose utility, will serve as a resting platform during the lean period and as an absorbent during the days of heavy crowds. Even though it was earlier thought to use all the extracted pillars of the erstwhile mandapam, the TTD is rather constrained to use only 384 pillars given the variation in the height of the new structure.

March 1 is being fixed as the last date for the receipt of tenders and the financial bids are likely to be opened only after examining the eligibility criteria wherein the bidders are required to fulfil all the stipulations mentioned in the tender schedule. Given the unique nature of the construction which demands both civil and Sthapati works laced with that of ornamentation, the TTD has allowed participation of both civil contractors and sculptors in the bidding.

Project details

Estimated cost put at Rs. 18 crore

March 1 is last date for receipt of tenders

Both civil contractors and sculptors to be allowed to bid

The structure will come up in 88,245 sq ft

About 20,000 sq ft open space will be available at the centre

More than 3,000 pilgrims will be accommodated at any point of time

Feb 20

Govt to Soon Issue a Tender for Rural BPO Scheme

NEW DELHI: Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said the government will soon issue a tender for rural BPO scheme.

Prasad said as many as 78 companies have shown interest to set up BPO operations at 190 locations across the country for about 1,25,000 seats.”Very soon we are going to have a tender for the BPO scheme,” Prasad said during a Dun & Bradstreet conference here.

The government had approved ‘India BPO Promotion Scheme’ ( IBPS) for promoting of BPO/ITeS operations across the country with an outlay of about Rs 493 crore.As part of the scheme, about 48,300 seats have been planned with distribution across states and UTs based on population percentage as per Census 2011 excluding metro cities.