BBMP to issue tenders for cancelled garbage contracts

Last September, after a long delay, the BBMP had invited new tenders for garbage collection and transportation in 91 packages. The 198 wards of the city are covered by these 91 packages. But the new tenders have come to effect in not even half of these; only 43 packages have new contractors now. In the remaining 48 packages, work is still being done by old contractors by extending their previous contracts.


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But a bunch of new tenders – 12 of them – were approved by the state government on March 20, 2013. The government’s approval came on the day when the code of conduct for elections was announced. No new works can be started when the code of conduct is in place, and hence the BBMP has not been able to issue work orders to for the 12 packages.

Garbage being piled up in Madiwala market. File Pic

Interestingly, for half of these packages, the bid amount is below 75% of BBMP’s original estimate. In one case, the quote is only about 53% of what the BBMP had estimated. Though these bids cost less, the question is whether the bidders can perform well with low investments, or whether it is the BBMP’s estimate that is inflated.

B T Mohankrishna, Technical Advisor to the BBMP Commissioner, says that they have written to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Karnataka, asking for permission to issue work orders. Another 36 packages that do not have new contractors are also going to be retendered. For this too, the BBMP has asked the CEO’s permission.

Here is the list of the 12 approved packages and their respective contractors:

Sl.No. Ward number and  Name Contractor Monthly Amount (Rs in lakhs)
1 64 Rajamahal Guttahalli
65 Kadu Malleshwara
Manjunath 15.4
2 97 Dayananda Nagar
98 Prakash Nagar
108 Sriramamandir
Sridhar T 23.51
3 77 Dattatreya Temple
94 Gandhinagar
V R Enterprises 13.67
4 135 Padarayanapura
136 Jagajivanaramnagar
B S Suresh Chandranath 33.37
5 139 K R Market M Gowtham Raj 28.88
6 32 Kaval Bairasandra
48 Muneshwara Nagar
L Kumar 18.89
7 31 Kushal Nagar
60 Sagayapuram
Suresh Kumar N 27.74
8 47 Devara Jeevanahalli
61 S K Garden
78 Pulikeshinagar
Dhanaraju K C 46.59
9 170 Jayanagar East
171 Gurappanapalya
B S Suresh Chandranath 17.47
10 118 Sudhama Nagar
119 Dharmaraya Swamy Devasthana
B S Suresh Chandranath 30.87
11 26 Ramamurthy Nagar
51 Vijnanapura
Vajrappa T 29.73
12 39 Chokkasandra
41 Peenya Industrial Area
C Manjunath 18.89

BVG to be barred from tender process

Of the 36 packages to be re-tendered now, 33 are that of Bharat Vikas Group India Private Ltd, the company that won the highest number of packages last year. The BBMP says that it will forfeit the entire EMD (Earnest Money Deposit) of BVG India. While the BBMP accused BVG of non-performance, BVG has said that BBMP officers were preventing them from starting work, to favour old contractors. This resulted in a court case that challenged the new tenders. In mid-January, BVG had submitted an affidavit in court saying that it was ready to withdraw from the tenders if the BBMP returns half of its EMD.

There has been no order from the court on this yet, and the BBMP has decided to forfeit the entire EMD and go ahead with the new tenders. BVG will be barred from participating in the new tenders.

Here is the list of the BVG’s packages that are going to be retendered: 

Ward number and  Name
174 HSR layout
190 Mangammana playa
114 Agaram
115 Vannarpete
175 Bommanahalli
188 Bilekahalli
189 Hongasandra
80 Hoysala Nagar
88 Jeevan Bheema Nagar
113 Konena Agrahara
186 Jaraganahalli
187 Puttenahalli
193 Arakere
57  CV Raman Nagar
58 New Thippasandra
192 Begur
194 Gottigere
27 Banaswadi
28 Kammanahalli
195 konanakunte
196 Anjanaapura
23 Nagavara
30 Kadugondanahalli
184 Uttarahalli
195 Yalachenahalli
197 Vasantapura
132 Attiguppe
133 Hampinagara
25 Horamavu 154 Basavanagudi
155 Hanumantha Nagara
156 Srinagara
56 A Narayanapura
81 vijnana nagara
87 HAL airport
181 Kumaraswamy layout
182 Padmanabhanagar
54 Hoodi
82 garudacharya palaya
85 doddanekkundi
35 Aramane Nagar
36 Mathikere
45 Malleswaram
83 Kadugodi
84 hagadooru
149 vartur
151 Koramangala
173 Jakkasandra
86 Marathalli
150 bellandur
43 Nandini Layout
44 Marappana Palya
18 Radha Krishna Temple Ward
19 Sanjayanagar
68 Mahalakshmipuram
74 Shakthi Ganapathi Nagar
20 Ganganagar
21 Hebbal
67 Nagapura
75 Shankaramatt
102 Vrushabhavathi Nagar
62 Ramaswamy Palya
63 Jayamahal
103 Kaveripura
104 Govindaraja Nagar
93 Vasanthnagar
110 Samapangirama Nagar
105 Agrahara Dasarahalli
106 Dr Rajkumar ward
125 Marenahalli
89 Jogupalya
112 Domlur
126 Maruthi Mandira
127 Moodalapalya
  128 Nagarbhavi
131 Nayandahalli

‘No court order on stopping tenders’

Another package to be re-tendered is one which covers Madivala and BTM wards (172 and 176). The BBMP
says that contractor Ayyappa Varaprasad had not initiated works.

The other two packages to be re-tendered, had been stuck in court previously. These tenders cover five wards – Hosakerehalli (161), Ganesh Mandira (165), Yadiyur (167), Chikkakallasandra (183) and Yalachenahalli (185) When the BBMP had invited tenders initially, in December 2011, only a few packages got response.

Because of this, the BBMP had not sent these tenders for government’s approval. Instead, the BBMP had changed the terms of the tender, and floated them again in September 2012. Following this, two contractors who had won the packages in December 2011, went to court. Hence, the BBMP had avoided calling tenders for these two packages in September 2012.

“There is no interim order from the court to prevent the BBMP from calling tenders. So these two tenders are also being floated now,” says Mohankrishna.

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About Navya P K 253 Articles
Navya P K is a journalist at Citizen Matters, and a freelance journalist based in Kerala.