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DMRC denies it awards contracts to lowest bidders

Rejecting charges that it has been awarding contracts on the basis of lowest and cheapest bidding,the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation on Monday said safety and quality are not compromised while selecting firms for construction activities.

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi |
May 12, 2009 12:59:32 am

Rejecting charges that it has been awarding contracts on the basis of lowest and cheapest bidding,the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Monday said safety and quality are not compromised while selecting firms for construction activities. “The DMRC follows a different contracting system which is normally prevalent as it invites bids only from those contractors or parties who are fully technically qualified as per stringent standards laid down for the type of construction required for Metro,” it said in a release.

Some builders association have alleged that DMRC awards contracts to lowest and cheapest bidders,which is the major cause of accidents on Metro sites. The charges came in the wake of an accident on Saturday when a crane at a Metro construction site fell on a vehicle in Jor Bagh area. However,no one was injured.

“Financial bids are called from only these technically qualified parties,” the DMRC release said. “Safety and quality are also a part of technical requirements of DMRC on the basis of which parties are initially shortlised.

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