BMC making big plans for roads,says Mayor

Single window to help mega firms take up projects.

Written by Express News Service | Published: October 12, 2012 4:24 am

Single window to help mega firms take up projects.

To cut red tape and remove bureaucratic hurdles discouraging large infrastructure firms from bidding for road construction works in the city,BMC is planning a single-window clearance facility.

After receiving flak,it has renewed attempts to attract big players for construction and maintenance of city roads.

In an interaction with The Indian Express editorial staff on Thursday,Mayor Sunil Prabhu said,“Large infrastructure firms don’t want to take up city roads due to the long procedures involved in getting clearances from multiple agencies. We are planning a single-window system by appointing an agency to look into the various procedures and approvals needed for such projects.”

“I have had interactions with big companies such as Larsen & Toubro and Hindustan Construction Company (HCC). The municipal commissioner is also in talks with other companies. These companies have shown considerable interest in road construction projects,provided technical terms are modified.”

The mayor has invited companies,including L&T,J. Kumar,HCC and Gammon India,to take up road construction projects in the city. The civic administration is planning to float tenders to lay new roads at an estimated cost of around Rs 1,400 crore in the next few months.

This is not the first time,though,that the civic body has shown interest in large players. BMC has been trying to invite big firms to participate in city tenders,but the relative small scale of the projects,red tape and a strong nexus between local contractors and corporators have kept these away.

The civic body would appoint an official who would be responsibile for obtaining all approvals and clearances from the various utility agencies to ease the process for bigger players,said Prabhu.

“We will also ensure only STAC committee- recommended technology for concretisation and asphalting of roads is used,” he said. The Mayor said stringent action should be taken against contractors responsible for shoddy work.

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