Proposal to dispose of Fire Brigade scrap gets green signal

Nagpur: In a significant decision, the Standing Committee of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) gave its green signal to the proposal for disposing of scrap lying with Fire Brigade Department of the civic body. With the nod, the outdated vehicles, machineries, and other scrap could fetch money in lakhs to fill the cash starved coffers of NMC. The scrap, lying since years, includes 29 non-functional vehicles, machines, tools, spare parts, alluminium, brass and other stuff. The immediate approval for auction of the scrap was also due to reports of thefts in large scale.

In fact, the civic body had last year decided to sell the scrap. It was to be sold at the rate of Rs 25-30 a kg. But the Standing Committee raised its objections. Subsequently, a fresh e-tendering process was initiated. A few companies namely M/s Raja Electricals, M/s Hindusthan Traders, M/s MI Engineering Stores and Onkar Steel quoted highest rates in their tenders. In all 20 fire tenders, manufactured between 1981 and 1985 have turned scrap. M/s Raja Electricals had agreed to purchase the fire tenders at the rate of Rs 1,37,786 per piece. Similarly, M/s Hindusthan Traders showed its interest in purchasing three LMV vehicles at the rate of Rs 1.14 lakh each. M/s MI Engineering Stores was ready to purchase six jeeps in Rs 2.71 lakh. The tendering companies had also quoted the rate of Rs 25 per kg for purchasing scraps including compressor machines, submersible pumps, generators, trailer pump, portable pump, coolers, inverters, extinguishers, Honda pumps etc. The Standing Committee has given its nod to sell spare parts of 10,000 kg at the rate of Rs 23 a kg to the concerned company. Similarly, wooden and rubber scrap at the rate of Rs 6 and Rs 7.10 per kg would be purchased by M/s Hindusthan Traders. The Committee also cleared auction of tools made of brass, copper and alluminium.

Following items would be disposed of: