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    Published On : Wed, Dec 4th, 2013
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    ZP’s e-Tender for works of digging borewells, small canals found “Fixed” to benefit firms

    Nagpur News.

    The e-Tender floated by Nagpur Zilla Parishad (ZP) for works of digging borewells, small canals and other related works has been found with many loopholes and “Fixed” to favour contractors and not the ZP. In simple words: The ZP has taken a contract to extend more and more benefits to contractors if the e-Tender is any indication.

    The RTI activist Sanjay Agrawal, after receiving the copy of e-Tender under RTI, studied the tender in details and found the rates of Fixed Tender much higher than the similar works being carried out by some contractors in Zilla Parishad itself at lower rates. Agrawal found Aman Drillers, Sunny Rock Drillers, Abhay Borewell, Ashish Borewell, M Ramraj, Shivshankar Drillers, Shree Shonkar Drillers, Shonkar Borewell, Radhyeshyam Borewell, Chandu Borewell, Shri Sai Borewell,  Nitesh Enterprises, Yogesh Enterprises, Renuka Borewell and other contractors carrying out the works of digging borewells and small canals at much lower rates than the Fixed Tender. Agrawal has sent a letter to the Chief Executive Officer of Nagpur Zilla Parishad in order to draw his attention towards the loopholes and favours shown to some contractors in the e-Tender.

    The RTI activist Agrawal further said, the rates decided in the e-Tender Rate Card “B” are higher than the market rates. Following tables show the difference of rates between the e-Tender and market:

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    According to the Clause 5 of the e-Tender, the contractors, who do not agree with the rates, have been asked to write “Rate not quoted” which is totally illegal because the tender has been floated with Fixed Rate. It clearly means, the contractors, who do not agree with the rate and see the rate very low, have no authority to fill up tender.

    Agrawal pointed out that the ZP is offering higher rates to even those contractors who are ready to carry out the works at lower rates in 20-25 per cent proportion. The process of negotiation after receiving the tender by the concerned ZP department is not transparent and raises doubts of “money deals.” The rates of the NMC and NIT, which the RTI activist has collected, have been found much lower than the ZP rates.

    Sanjay Agrawal has urged the Chief Executive Officer of ZP to cancel the Fixed Rate e-Tender and float open tender. The open tender will create a competition among the contractors and will also benefit the Zilla Parishad by way of saving the revenue, Agrawal said.

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