Fresh tender for project

Staff Correspondent

Bijapur: The Congress MLA, M.B. Patil, has clarified that the proposed irrigation project in Bijapur and Bagalkot districts would not be affected by the cancellation of the tenders of the first phase of the work.

Speaking to presspersons here on Sunday, Mr. Patil said that the Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Limited (KBJNL) had to cancel the tender process since the price quoted by the contractor was too high. Mr. Patil said the KBJNL would float the tender again as there was no provision to give the tender to a second bidder.Initially, the estimated cost of the project was Rs. 64 crore, which was later enhanced to Rs. 94 crore keeping in view the increase in prices of steel and cement, Mr. Patil said.