Aurangabad municipal corporation sets an example
aurangabad municipal corporation is the first municipal body in Maharashtra to adopt e-tendering for clearing and commissioning projects. All projects costing more than Rs 25,000 are cleared through e-tendering. The project, launched in May 2007, has saved the corporation close to Rs 2.50 crore.
"Earlier there was no transparency. With e-tendering, the system became transparent. Credibility, work management, time management and speed of work have also improved dramatically," said Vijaya Rahatkar, mayor of Aurangabad municipal corporation. Any contractor can upload his tender on the website from anywhere and no other contractor gets to know his bidding amount. Different code numbers have been allotted to three officers of the corporation and only they have access to the tender documents, she added.
Contractors who apply online are allotted individual digital tokens against a one-time payment of Rs 2,150. With this token, they can operate from anywhere in the world. An additional amount of Rs 160 has to be paid at the time of submitting the tender.
Meer Kazi Ali, manager with Nagpur-based Dhawngale Infotech Pvt Ltd who is running the project, said, "We are running this project on build-operate-transfer basis and the corporation has provided us with office space and electricity. We keep Rs 160 per tender as fee." After successfully implementing e-tendering in Aurangabad, the company has extended its services to Nashik, Pune, Nanded, Navi Mumbai and Jalgaon corporations.
Contractors are happy because e-tendering acts as a leveller. Bandu Kale, contractor based in Aurangabad, believes: "E-tendering has broken the monopoly of elite contractors. Earlier, on the last date for submitting tenders, a huge crowd gathered at the corporation leading to scuffles. Some leaders in the corporation then snatched tender documents from small contractors. But now red tapism and muscle flexing have both been taken care of."
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