Sweeping machine tenders cancelled
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (
“We have cancelled the bids as only two companies participated in the tender. A fresh tender will be floated by relaxing certain conditions in a week’s time,”
Of the two companies, sources said only TPS Infrastructure Ltd, which has already supplied and currently operates 27 sweeping machines for the BBMP, fulfilled all the criteria to clear the technical evaluation. Another bidder, Lion Services, it’s learnt, was not eligible for the contract. Sources said that Chief Minister
One of the mistakes committed by BBMP officials was making earnest money deposit (EMD) of Rs 66.5 lakh mandatory in the tender. The State Government, in its order dated December, 2020, had exempted submission of EMD for all tenders with an objective to make tenders much more competitive. Some manufacturers had said they stayed away from the tenders as they were sure of not bagging the contract and providing initial deposit would have not been a waste of time and resource.
On its part, TPS Infrastructure Ltd claims that the company being blacklisted by
Meanwhile, manufacturers want the BBMP to also include truck-mounted machines which are easy and inexpensive to maintain. They also want the inclusion of vacuum and conveyer (mechanical) machines so that more companies could participate in the tender. Experts also said that the present machines, supplied by TPS Infrastructure, are unable to clean footpaths and roads without fixed edges.