Pune Metro Project Consultants Awarded Work Worth Rs 368 Crore Without Tender, Says CAG Report

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Pune, 3rd May 2023: A report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has revealed that the chief consultants appointed for the Pune Metro project were given work worth Rs 368 crore without a tender.

The report states that a group of companies were given the responsibility of chief consultant for Pune Metro on a temporary basis from May 2017 to February 2019, after they had worked as the main consultants for the Nagpur Metro.

According to the report, Mahametro awarded the work worth Rs 183 crore to these companies without inviting tenders, arguing that a fresh tendering process would cause delays and cost more than the current rate of work. The tender process for this work was conducted in November 2020 and was valued at Rs 185 crore.

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The report also revealed that the cost of the chief consultants for Pune Metro was 60% more than that of Nagpur Metro, despite Mahametro’s claim of saving costs and avoiding delays in the tendering process. The lack of transparency in the allocation of major works has also been highlighted in the report.

The revelation of the report has raised questions about the functioning of Pune Metro and poor project management by Mahametro. When contacted, Mahametro officials refused to speak.

The report has called for greater transparency and adherence to tendering processes to ensure that public funds are utilized efficiently and effectively.


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