reverse tendering for one order of Polavaram

The Andhra Pradesh government chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday required to have stored Rs 58.53 cr for a package of works of reverse tendering for one order of Polavaram.

A formal release from the chief minister’s office told the fresh tenders were invited under the reverse tendering for one order of Polavaram system for the works below package no. Sixty-five of the project, which involved the development of head regular left plank,

travel lock and access channels 1 and 2, besides balance works of exit channel shipping channel of the Polavaram project right canal.

The water resources board opened the technical bids for the project on Friday. A total of six companies engaged in the efforts. “The tenders for this package are finalised. Max Infra Company got the tender by rating 15.6 per cent less than the original benchmark cost of Rs 274.55 cr,” the official release stated.

It pointed out that the same company got the deal during the Telugu Desam Party regime headed by N Chandrababu Naidu by demanding a 4.8 per cent margin of the initial benchmark. “This proves the evil controlled in the former government,” the CMO statement said.

Max infra company acquired the bid for Rs 292.02 crores as TDP’s regime. The same firm valued Rs 231.47 crore for the same works in the present reverse offering accompanied by the Jagan government, thereby saving an amount of more than Rs 58 crore to the government.

The chief minister’s choice to go for reverse offering had drawn flak from the engagement parties and also substantial differences from the Centre. The Polavaram Project Authority following the Union ministry of Jal Shakti, in its emergency-meetings,

looked out that the reverse tendering would not only keep the project but also appear in cost escalation.

The Centre, too, wrote letters to the state government seeking withdrawal of the plan to go in for reverse tendering of the project.

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