ANDHRA PRADESH

SCB to have public conveniences on BOT basis

Staff Reporter

Open auction elicits encouraging response

Public conveniences to be constructed on BOT basis Auctions for projects at traffic junctions to be held next Saturday

HYDERABAD: The Secunderabad Cantonment Board's foray into public-private partnership with an open auction on Saturday for public conveniences to be constructed on a Build Operate Transfer (BOT) basis evoked an encouraging response with 16 agencies turning up to bid for 18 selected spots.

However, with the SCB keen on not allowing monopoly of one single agency, no bidder got more than two and the 18 designated spots went to nine agencies.

These agencies will now construct the public conveniences, operate them for five years charging Re. 1 and Rs. 2 and use the space for advertisements as well -- all on the same lines as in the Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad.

Potential spots

SCB chief executive officer V. Premchand said the seven agencies that could not get any spot during Saturday's auction had been asked to identify potential spots on their own and approach the SCB later.

Interestingly, some of the participating agencies evinced interest in constructing public conveniences in the Rasoolpura slum as well, throwing in a charity-cum-commercial angle.

However, the proposal would have to be discussed with the Airport Authority of India, which originally owned the land, he said.

Auctions for similar BOT projects at traffic junctions and streetlights will be held next Saturday, Mr. Premchand said, adding that parks, signage and playgrounds would be auctioned in similar fashion in later phases.

Signage would include boards for school zones, road names and colony names among a host of others.

With several of the traffic junctions existing in Army areas as well, the traffic junctions are likely to be auctioned in pairs - one in a civilian area and the second in a restricted Army area.