In what could be called an attempt to influence the civic tendering procedure,city-based Centre for Environment Education (CEE),which had quoted its bid as well,had written letters to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) for running an environment training centre set up by the PMC,well after the tender had been opened.
This issue revolves around Indradhanush Environment Training Centre (IETC),which the PMC has constructed near Mhatre Bridge. However,the facility,set up two years back,has not yet started functioning.
Last year,the PMC had invited tenders for running the centre. It invited bids in February this year too. University of Pune,CEE and Lotus Environments quoted Rs 1.8 crore,Rs 1.28 crore and Rs 2.25 crore respectively. Since UoPs bid was the lowest,the work order should have been issued to it,but this has not been done yet. As per the tender,the organisation that takes over the responsibility will have to run the centre for five years. In the bid,these organisations had to quote a figure as its expenses for the total period.
However,after the procedure was completed,the CEE wrote a letter to the PMC on April 28,saying it was ready to do the work charging only 70 per cent of the amount it had earlier quoted in its bid and the rest of the amount would be paid by it. Since this proposal was turned down,CEE sent another letter dated May 7,proposing to run the centre without charging any fee for the first three years.
In its first letter,CEE proposed to cut down the amount it had earlier quoted for running the centre,while in its second letter a few days later,CEE proposed to run it without any charges for three years,out of the five as mentioned in the tender. These letters had been written after the tendering procedure had already taken place and the UoP should already have been assigned the responsibility of running the centre,as it had quoted the lowest bid.
The swanky complex has a number of cells for enlightening children and general public on different issues such as fuel conservation,traffic rules,outline of Pune from an environmental perspective,history of rivers and so on. Meanwhile,environmental activist Vandana Chavan and president of Creative Foundation Sandeep Khardekar on Monday demanded that the PMC should not delay the inauguration of the centre any further and said the civic body should run it.