Re-tender floated for phase III of UGD project

Tiruchi Corporation has floated re-tender for phase III of underground drainage scheme (UGD) in the city.

The civic body floated international tender for the project in September last but received just a lone bid. Moreover, the bidder quoted ₹60 crore more than the estimated cost of ₹321.72 crore. Since the quoted price was 26% more than the estimated cost, as per procedure, the civic body took up the issue with the tender awarding committee in Chennai.

The Corporation then held price negotiations with the bidder thrice. But the Kolkata-based company did not agree to reduce the quote, forcing the civic body to go in for re-tender.

After getting mandatory clearance from Asian Development Bank, one of the funding institutions, the Corporation has floated the re-tender. The estimated cost has also been revised to ₹336 crore after taking into consideration the current schedule of rates.

Corporation Commissioner N. Ravichandran told The Hindu that the project would be implemented under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation. The last date for submission of tender was December 16. Asian Development Bank would fund 20% of the cost.

The project would fully cover wards 37, 39, 40 and 41 and partially cover 31, 35, 36, 38, 42, 43, 45, 52, 53, 60 and 63 wards. It would have seven pumping stations and 11 lifting stations. The total length of the pumping mains would be 21.50 km and the sewage line would be 331 km.

The project had been designed to provide UGD connection to 32,000 households. Residents of 15 wards would benefit by the project, expected to be completed t by 2023.

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