Chandigarh, August 12
The work on clearing 7.67 lakh metric tonne remaining waste at the Dadu Majra dumping ground is expected to start by October 15 as the State-Level Technical Committee (SLTC) today approved award of contract to a firm.
While the selected company, Aakanksha Enterprises, had made the lowest bid of Rs 79.68 crore last month, it was 17 per cent more than the estimated cost of the tender. “The agency has agreed to work at the estimated cost of tender i.e. Rs 67.96 crore,” said sources.
Will finish it before deadline, says Company
- 3 firms out of six qualified in technical bid process 10 days ago
- Rs 79.68 cr bid by Aakanksha Enterprises emerges lowest
- Rs 122.76 cr & Rs 126.08 cr bids made by other two firms
- 1,048 days given to clear waste, firm says will do it in under 2 years
With the approval by the SLTC, which has been formed for implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission, and has officers from the UT Administration, Municipal Corporation and Centre, the work will formally be handed over to the company in a few days. The committee is chaired by the Secretary, Local Government.
The MC has set a deadline of three-and-a-half years for bioremediation of the second part of the dumping ground. However, officials said the firm has offered to complete the job within one-and-a-half years.
The bids of two other firms - Zigma Global Environ Solutions Private Limited and Bhumi Green Energy - were almost double the estimated cost of the tender at Rs 122.76 crore and Rs 126.08 crore, respectively.
These three firms, of a total of six companies, had qualified in the technical bids process 10 days ago.
The previous attempts by the corporation to finalise an agency for the project had failed. The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs is partially funding the project. The firm will have 1,048 days to clear the second and remaining part of the waste at the dumping site.
At present, clearance of waste in the first part of the site is underway. The work is yet to be completed despite several deadlines.
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