BMC to terminate contract for cement concrete roads in Mumbai – ET Infra

MUMBAI: In a major setback to CM Ekanth Shinde’s promise of ridding Mumbai of potholes in two years, the BMC has decided to terminate the contract for constructing cement concrete (CC) roads in the island city.

The BMC has issued a termination notice to Roadway Solutions India Infra Ltd (RSIL) for failing to start work on CC roads in the island city close to eight months after getting work orders. It has asked RSIL to reply within 15 days to its notice asking why its contract shouldn’t be terminated. RSIL is one of the five companies that had bagged the Rs 6,080 crore, 400km CC road contracts across the city.

In April this year, the BMC had imposed a penalty of Rs 16 crore on three of the five firms for failing to start work even three months after getting work orders and delayed progress.

CC road works: Company could lose deposit, be barred for 2 yrs

The BMC has decided to crack the whip on RSIL, the contractor for the cement concrete road works in the island city. Earlier, a penalty of close to Rs 10 crore was imposed on RSIL for failing to start work. The BMC had also issued it a showcause notice in April.

The BMC’s notice had come following complaints from former BJP corporator Makarand Narwekar who had demanded the BMC impose a heavy penalty and initiate the process of blacklisting it. “After we issued notices and imposed penalties, the other companies started work. But there was no progress in the city division, so we issued a notice for termination. We have asked the company for a reply within 15 days; due process will then be followed to terminate the contract. If the contract is terminated for failing to start work, the company’s secret deposit will be forfeited and the company may be barred from taking part in BMC tenders for two years,” said a senior civic official.

Narwekar demanded the company’s contract be terminated immediately and it be blacklisted permanently. “The BMC must not only backlist it permanently but also inform the state government and all other agencies like MMRDA, MSRDC and PWD to blacklist the company since it failed to do work in Mumbai. The BMC must now immediately appoint a new contractor and recover the cost of damage from the old company,” Narwekar said. “We were demanding for the last six months that this company should be kicked out since it was not able to carry out any work.

Citizens have suffered since they barricaded the roads and dug them up but didn’t do any work,” he said. Additional municipal commissioner (projects) P Velrasu confirmed to TOI the BMC had decided to issue a showcause termination notice to RSIL. The company did not reply to a query from TOI. “It’s been over one year since the CM directed the BMC to concretise all Mumbai roads in the next two years but Mumbai is yet to see any change in ride quality,” said SP MLA Rais Shaikh. Former Congress corporator and the BMC’s former opposition leader Ravi Raja criticised the BMC for oversight in contractor selection.

  • Published On Oct 13, 2023 at 11:52 AM IST

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