Bomb suits for BDDS: The controversy and delay

Since 2007,the state government had floated about 10 tenders for purchase of bomb suits,but they were either scrapped or stuck by controversies.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published:July 30, 2013 2:33 am

Since 2007,the state government had floated about 10 tenders for purchase of bomb suits,but they were either scrapped or stuck by controversies.

After the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack,the government floated a tender for purchasing 82 bomb suits. The bid was won by Techno Trade Impex India Pvt Ltd and an order for 80 suits was placed.

In June 2009,the government paid about Rs 6 crore to the firm. However,when the suits were supplied in 2010,the government rejected them for not being in conformity with quality standards.

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Mumbai city police had arrested Techno Trade Impex Director Bimal Agarwal in August 2012 on charges of cheating and forgery in connection with the case. It was alleged that Techno Trade acquired 36 bomb suits from South Africa and the remaining from China,which were of low quality.

While the case is on,the cause for worry is that no new bomb suits have yet been purchased.

Speaking to media persons in Pune in January this year,Home Minister R R Patil said,“Rules are more important now than fulfilling requirements in time…We made the purchase (bomb suits),but there was a problem with their quality. So the deal was stuck down and now the price has increased…There is only one lab in the country in Chandigarh,where we have to send samples (of bomb suits) for quality tests. We cannot purchase the suits until we get the report from Chandigarh. It will take time…There is the CAG. We are also answerable to the Opposition as well as the media if rules are not followed.”

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