What bogs down BBMP’s lake rejuvenation plans?
Not many contractors are evincing interest in participating in development and rejuvenation of at least six lakes in the City. The
In the last one year, the BBMP has been inviting bids from contractors almost every second month for developing the
Same is the case with regard to lakes such as
Contractors say that they end up waiting for two to three years for the BBMP to release payments. “Since the cost of materials has gone up, it is not viable to participate in the tenders unless the payments are made on time,” a contractor said. The BBMP, he said, is not increasing the tender premium or tweaking conditions to encourage more bidders. “No manufacturer is willing to provide material on a credit basis. This is keeping many contractors away from participating in the bids.”
Senior officials admitted that a few lakes have been receiving no response from the contractors. “It is not that no contractor is participating. We have already tendered out development of around 25 lakes,” the BBMP official said.
Since the cost of materials has gone up, it is not viable to participate in the tenders unless the payments are made on time by the BBMP
– A contractor
“There was not much response for the tenders of Hulimavu and Arekere lake as procurement of large pipes constitutes 90 per cent of the project cost. The labour cost is only 10 per cent. The contractors feel that it is not worth waiting for 2-3 years for the payment when they have to invest lot of money towards purchasing the pipes,” he said. The lack of response for Kempambudhi Lake, he said, also pertains to cost of materials. It’s learnt that the development of lakes funded by Chief Minister’s Nava Nagarothana scheme and