To rule out any delay in appointing contractors to de-silt major nullahs in the city, the BMC opened tenders for the next year’s monsoon on Thursday.
Last year, the civic body had opened 52 tenders in December for the Mithi river and the major and minor nullahs but the process received poor response, with the contractors placing bids substantially higher than the BMC’s estimate.
Even though the tenders were floated three times, there was no response for minor nullahs and the work ultimately had to be taken up by the ward offices which led to a delay in the de-silting work.
This year, the BMC decided to start the tendering process early and plans to finalise the contractors by December and get the work started from April 2017. On Thursday, the BMC floated 32 tenders only for Mithi river and major nullahs of which 18 are from the western suburbs, eight are from the eastern suburbs and four from the island city.
Senior civic officials stated that owing to the revised tendering conditions, they are expecting new bidders this year which will reduce chances of a delay in finalising contractors.