Advertising agencies in Gurgaon have accused the city’s municipal corporation and its commissioner of favouring one agency and processing its tender.
Agencies have also alleged that the MCG website was purposefully made non-functional for a certain period of time to prevent other agencies from submitting their bid.
The agencies alleged that the e-tendering process, adopted by the MCG in order to bring in transparency in awarding contracts, was non-transparent. They said despite the fact that the advertiser in question was the only agency to bid, it had received approval.
According to the Urban Local Bodies provisions, the norm is to opt for e-tendering in cases where a single bidder bids for any contract.
“The bid for 69 unipole advertisements was to be held on November 9. We had already deposited Rs 40 lakh as earnest money. At about 1.30 pm, the MCG website stopped working due to which we were unable to sign the bid document. Later, we learnt this was done deliberately by the municipal commissioner and Sonu Kumar (SDO) to favour a single outdoor advertisement agency,” said Navdeep Singh Chauhan, one of the ad agency owners who filed the complaint.
Another ad agency owner, Rupesh Yadav, claimed they had tried to meet the MCG commissioner several times and even went to his office to complain about the issue. But he refused to meet them. “Apart from trying to meet him, we also sent him an email mentioning how this corruption took place. But we are yet to hear from him,” he said.
However, a senior MCG official denied any wrongdoing.
“We have not received any complaint. In fact, we have already filed an FIR against one of the owners because he advertised without permission. We will look into the issue,” he said.