Citing delays in tenders for various contracts, Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta has scrapped the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s tender committee and instead delegated powers of tendering to departmental chief engineers and other heads of departments.
In the notice issued by Municipal Commissioner Mehta on May 9, the powers of approving tenders have been classified under technical and administrative approvals for draft and invitation of tenders.
Regular and special works will be approved by deputy chief engineers or deputy head of departments for tenders worth up to Rs 1 crore.
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Tenders worth between Rs 5 crore and Rs 10 crore will be approved by deputy municipal commissioners (DMC), those between Rs 10 crore and Rs 100 crore by additional municipal commissioners (AMC) and those above Rs 100 crore by the municipal commissioner himself.
In order to re-invite tenders, chief engineers and heads of departments will now be required to seek prior approval of the additional commissioner concerned by mentioning specific reasons for re-invitation.
The process of verification of the draft tenders or proposal by the accounts department has also been demarcated on the basis of the financial value of the tender.
The DMCs will also be required to monitor and conduct monthly reviews of the tendering process and will be responsible for the utilisation of budget provisions.