Staff Reporter

HUDA likely to complete tendering process by May 2007 HUDA likely to complete tendering process by May 2007

Three companies shortlisted for preparation of Detailed Project ReportAgency for execution to be selected by July 2007HUDA engineers, officials undergo training in Japan

HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad Urban Development Authority has shortlisted three companies for the preparation of Detailed Project Report for the Japanese Bank for International Cooperation-aided Hussainsagar catchment area restoration project.

For the Rs. 300-crore project, JBIC will extend an aid of Rs. 260 crores.

The project is not merely for cleaning the lakebed of its toxicity but to eliminate pollutants at their source level spreading over several municipalities and the city.

Letters of invitation

The three companies -- Nippon Jogesuido Sekkei Company Ltd, Black and Veath International Ltd. and GKW Group of Companies - have been issued letters of invitation seeking Request for Proposal listing out terms of reference after obtaining concurrence of JBIC.

The companies will submit their proposals by next month. Later, they will be evaluated by a technical committee and submitted to JBIC for finalisation.

The chosen consultant will prepare DPR for sewage system management, STP design, the estimated cost besides helping the HUDA in preparation of tender documents for awarding the work to a competent agency.

HUDA expects to complete the tendering process by May 2007 and select an agency for execution by July 2007.

Training programme

Meanwhile, in line with preparation for implementing the JBIC-aided project, HUDA engineers and officials underwent a two-week training programme in Japan. "Japanese known for their meticulous planning and execution want HUDA officials to have adequate exposure on lake water and sewage management systems before the DPR preparation," according to HUDA Chief Engineer Vivek Deshmukh who attended the workshop along with Vice-Chairman Jayesh Ranjan and other engineers.

The training is a part of Rs.5-crore technical grant given by Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for exchange of technical know-how and training.

The three year-long programme will train 20 engineers. "We were exposed to latest sewage management technologies. This will help us spell out our requirements and choose the right technology," says Mr. Deshmukh.