Civic body to register contractors for a fee
The municipal corporation plans to revive a decade-old practice where contractors bidding for BMC projects need to pay an annual registration fee of Rs 60,000
A decade ago, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)boasted of 2,000 registered contractors, who paid an annual fee of Rs 60,000 in order to bid for projects and work contracts. This practice, however, was stopped in 2003.
The civic body now plans to revive this fee to ensure the present number of contractors, which is around 250, goes up, and they have accountability from contractors bidding for tenders in the future.
When the annual fee practice was stopped, the BMC also lost out on the extra income in their coffers. According to this system, all the contractors bidding for BMC projects or works needto be registered with the BMC for a registration amount of Rs 60,000.
This makes the contractors liable to work on the projects that are tendered. The contractors will be registered according to the specific categories they specialise in. This helps the BMC select experienced contractors for particular jobs, such as waste management and road repair work.
Rahul Shewale, standing committee chairman, said, “The proposal to register contractors to make the administration process easier is underway. This will not only help the BMC make more money but avoid embarrassment of having no bidders like the recent case where an 800-crore road-repair tender in the Western suburbs failed to attract any takers.”
Meanwhile, Laxman Vhatkar, director of engineering services, confirmed the proposal but refused to comment further.