Published On : Fri, Mar 25th, 2016

NMC to buy Austrian Turntable Ladder for high-rise firefighting at Euro 7,16,000

Nagpur: Even as the deal to purchase the state-of-the-art Turntable Ladder (TTL) or snorkel for NMC’s Fire and Emergency Service Department is hanging fire since years rather than fighting the high-rise fires the sketchy details of the deal are coming to the fore. Deliberations after deliberations the Standing Committee had approved the purchase of the Turntable Ladder from M/s Rosenbauer International AG, situated at Pachisinger Street 90, Leonding, Austria. The high-calibre machine is to be delivered to Chief Fire Officer, Fire and Emergency Service Department, NMC, Civil Lines.

The order for fabrication and supply of 42-foot high Turntable Ladder was placed on March 8, 2016. The sophisticated machine is estimated to cost Euro 7,16,000 (approximately Rs 5.30 crore) through Letter of Credit (L/C) including five-year comprehensive service maintenance contract.

The delivery period of the Turntable Ladder is 36 weeks ex-works Austria after receipt of L/C covering fuill contract value of Euro 7,16,000. The Chief Fire Officer and an engineer will visit the manufacturer’s plant for pre-construction meeting for a period of 8 days immediately after exchange of Letter of Credit. The travelling and accommodation cost is included in the basic cost of the vehicle. Similarly, prio to the dispatch of fully built vehicle an inspection and testing will be done by the NMC officials whose travelling and accommodation cost is included in the basic cost of the vehicle.

The training schedule and module has to be submitted by the Austran company Rosenbauer for actual operation of the system. The actual users of the TTL will be provided by the company for minimum six days. Similarly, the operational staff of 30 personnel of Fire and Emergency Service will have to be trained for 15 working days. Other training aspects have also been included in the deal. Cost of this account is included in the offer.

The M/s Rosenbauer International AG has deposit the bid security of Rs 50 lakh in the form of DD drawn in favour of CFO, NMC. The bid security amount will not be released till the Austrian company furnishes Performance Bank Guarantee (PBG) for 5 percent of contract value. Failure to supply the order at accepted rates will result in the offer being automatically cancelled and the EMD and PBG will be forfeited. The company will also be liable for any or all of the following actions such as forfeiture of EMD and PBG, cancellation of the deal without any prio notice and the company could be banned for further business with NMC if it is found guilty of breach of any condition of the contract or attempts to cheat or indulge in foul practices.