Pune: Contractors Allege Collusion in Tendering Process for Pimpri Chinchwad Road Projects

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Varad Bhatkhande

Pimpri Chinchwad, 16th April 2024: The contractors have raised concerns about alleged collusion in the tendering process for projects worth Rs 90 crore aimed at developing nine roads in various parts of the city. In response, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) administration is investigating the matter, including reviewing relevant documents, while cancelling the tender process and taking action against those involved.

Before the code of conduct came into effect, the PCMC issued tenders for road development work valued at Rs 90 crore across nine city areas. During the tendering process, some contractors who did not meet the criteria were qualified, while others who were eligible were disqualified. As a result, contractors filed a written complaint with Commissioner and Administrator Shekhar Singh, alleging irregularities in the tendering process.

Former corporator Rahul Kalate also complained with Commissioner Singh and City Engineer Makarand Nikam, highlighting shortcomings in the tendering process. He pointed out deficiencies in the submitted tenders, such as a lack of sufficient proof of work and certificates. Additionally, some eligible contractors submitted work proof with private developers, which did not meet the requirements. The PCMC is currently investigating these issues and taking appropriate action.

Former corporator Rahul Kalate raised concerns that contractors who had been working with the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) for fifteen years were disqualified from the recent tendering process. He pointed out that qualified contractors failed to provide the required list and evidence of necessary machinery, and some contractors seemed to have connections to political figures. Additionally, a contractor was required to own a ‘Hot Mix Plant,’ which was not evident in their qualifications. Kalate urged for an investigation and subsequent cancellation of the tender if these concerns are verified. He called for criminal action against the contractors who submitted false documents, the consultants who evaluated them, and the officers involved in any collusion.

PCMC City Engineer Makarand Nikam responded that the Building Permission Department is reviewing the documents of both eligible and ineligible contractors based on the complaints received regarding some of the tendered works. If anyone is found guilty, appropriate action will be taken according to the rules. If discrepancies are discovered, the tender process will be restarted.