Nagpur: Following the footsteps of Nagpur Municipal Corporation, which has been embroiled in tender scams, Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) too has dumped its e-tender process run on website www.nittenders.com and has adopted the www.mahatenders.gov.in website of Government Maharashtra for transparency.
Earlier, NIT was publishing all its development works related tenders on the website www.nittenders.com. But from 25-7-2016 onwards, the NIT tenders will be published on the State Government website www.mahatenders.gov.in ostensibly to save itself from the controversies faced by the NMC. Now, the contractors willing to participate in e-tendering process will have to register themselves on www.mahatenders.gov.in website and also register for a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC). A DSC is essential for contractors that take part or intend to take part in e-tendering process on various Government sites. Besides enabling e-tendering which is extremely convenient and transparent, a Digital Signature Certificate also ensures greater security in other online transactions. The contractors will have to contact the Computer Section of NIT or the contractors can make the arrangement on their own for the purpose.
From July 25, 2016, all the tenders of NIT will be floated on www.mahatenders.gov.in website of Government Maharashtra. However, the tenders published earlier on www.nittenders.com website and submitted by contractors will be opened as usual.
The NIT step follows the NMC which faced a barrage of criticism for the damning role of a ring of contractors and babus in manipulating and managing tendering process. After a series of explosive reports published by media including Nagpur Today, the civic body had abandoned its dubious e-tender process run on website www.nmctenders.com and had embraced the www.mahatenders.gov.in website of Government Maharashtra for e-tender process from June 1, 2016.