3 chassis gathering rust as MMC fails to float e-tender

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ROQUE DIAS | NT
Margao
The dilly-dallying on the part of the Margao Municipal Council (MMC) during the last three months in creating a `key’ in the computer system to help complete e-tendering process for carrying out bodybuilding of the three chassis that the civic body bought six months back, has resulted in the chassis, worth Rs 39 lakh, gathering rust at dealer’s premises.
The MMC had purchased the three chassis along with the two compacters by spending grants under the 14th Finance Commission in July 2019.
The dealer has written to the MMC to take away the three chassis from its premises, sources informed this reporter, adding even though three months back, the MMC had pleaded with the dealer to keep these chassis at its premises till it completes the e-tender procedure.
The sources informed that in July 2019, the MMC had purchased three chassis — each of Rs 13 lakhs, for building them into suitable vehicles to be used for garbage collection, for road gang, and for transporting segregated waste.
The MMC had decided it to build them according to its need, as the normal bodybuilding would not accommodate its workers on the vehicles.
After the MMC brought these chassis, an open tender was floated inviting the quotations to build bodies over them. However, the amount involved being huge, the office of the directorate of Municipal Administration, (DMA) directed the civic body to compulsorily follow the e-tendering process instead of floating the open tender.
The MMC then, the sources added, floated e-tender, but there were no bidders for it.
This forced the MMC to approach the DMA office again asking it for permission to float an open tender again, however, the office of the DMA, learnt to have refused permission, insisting on it to make another attempt at floating the e-tender, and then the DMA would allow an open tender for the same, later.
Interestingly, the MMC couldn’t float the second e-tender for the last three months, as it did not create an important key in the computer system, which is necessary to float a new tender and also for maintaining confidentiality.
The sources said the important key has to be created by the administration section, taking into confidence four important officials.
Chief officer Ajit Panchwadkar is learnt to have been reminded about creating the ‘key’ needed to float the e-tender for building bodies on the three chassis.
This issue was casually discussed in the recently held MMC meeting as the opposition councillors questioned the ‘negligence.’