चेन्नई Chennai (MAS): The state government has missed yet another deadline for implementing the monorail project.
According to the government’s timeline, it was to open bids from shortlisted companies on Monday. “We have not been able to shortlist the companies to sell the technical bids,” said an official from the monorail cell of the Metropolitan Transport Corporation.
When the state transport department floated tenders for request for proposal (RFP) in March, only Essel and Scomi, Gammon and IL&FS Transportation Network showed interest. And when the RFP bids were opened by the tender scrutiny committee, it was found that the companies either did not meet the technical criteria or give details of their technology. The government could not go through to the next phase of paper work, which is giving technical bids to shortlisted companies.
A tender scrutiny committee consisting of officials from the Departments of Finance, Highways, Law and Chennai Metro Rail formed to comb through bids, has not met since last April. “As of now there is no definitive date by which we can choose the contractor,” said an official.
Sources in the secretariat said this could be the last project signed by transport secretary Braj Kishore Prasad before he moves to the Union home ministry as additional home secretary.
When contacted, the companies who have responded to RFP said “the tender conditions are too cumbersome and the criteria is expected to be unreasonable. Hence we are planning to represent for relaxation in norms for participating in the tender”.