Nashik civic body prolongs projects due to tender delays

  • | Tuesday | 28th November, 2023

Nashik: Several projects are yet to be rolled out, though the Nashik Municipal Corporation had announced these projects a year ago, due to delays in floating tenders or making changes in the tenders after being initially floated.These civic projects include the renovation of Dadasaheb Phalke Memorial, EV charging stations, procurement of EV buses under N-CAP funds, mechanical parking, recycling of construction debris, speed-reducing measures at 26 black spots, two flyovers at Untwadi and MICO Circle, Namami Goda project, smart city parking and renovation works for central parks and Itihas Sangrahalay.The total cost of these projects is estimated at Rs 2,400 crore, including the Namami Goda project of Rs 1,800 crore.NMC issued tenders for the renovation of Dadasaheb Phalke Memorial three to four times, but the tender process is yet to be completed. It planned to renovate the project on a build-and-operate basis but later decided to do it through funds from the state government. It floated bids for setting up of EV charging stations at 10 locations, but the tender process is yet to be completed. The civic body did not receive a response the first time and when it floated the bid for the second time, it revised the conditions of the project and floated the bid for the third time in the last year.NMC proposed two flyovers at two locations in the city – Mico Circle and Untawadi area for Rs 250 crore. The contract for both flyovers was given to the same contractor but the project is yet to start.NMC has also planned the Namami Goda project to make the Godavari pollution-free. The civic body has appointed a consultant to prepare a DPR, but it is yet to be prepared even six months after appointing a consultant.When contacted, NMC commissioner Ashok Karanjkar said that the tender process of most of the works will start within the next two months.We also published the following articles recentlyCivic body to reduce tender rates for advertisement sitesLudhianas civic body is reducing tender rates to generate advertisement revenue after previous attempts failed. The target revenue has been reduced from Rs 11-12 crore to Rs 7 crore. The local bodies department rejected a mobile application for advertisement booking and advised following the usual tender process. Despite high hopes, the MC failed to optimize advertisement income due to the pandemic. The government reduced the annual tax to Rs 12 crore and asked the firm to surrender 50% of the media to the civic body, but unprofitable sites were given up. MC commissioner Sandeep Rishi plans to float tenders with reduced rates to generate revenue.KCR vows devpt projects, IT park for Muslim youthK Chandrasekhar Rao promises special IT park for Muslim youth; BRS government secures jobs from Foxconn

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