Minister for Water Resources P. Anil Kumar said recently that the government would invite reverse tenders for all the projects undertaken during the TDP rule to save public money.
M/s Max Infra bagged the contract for a portion of the Polavaram project by quoting 15.60% less than the estimated cost value through reverse tendering, the Minister said, and pointed out that the former Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, had awarded the project at 4.77% excess cost to the same company during his tenure.
Addressing the media at Tadepalli, Mr. Kumar said that ₹58 crore could be saved in the Polavaram project by calling reverse tenders, but Mr. Naidu was resorting to false propaganda that the conditions were altered to suit a few contractors and dam safety was endangered as quality was compromised.
He said there were no restrictions as even Navayuga Engineering Company Limited could bid for the project.
Responding to Mr. Naidu’s allegation that the Polavaram project was stopped, Mr. Anil Kumar questioned how was it possible to undertake the works when there were floods, and asserted that it would be expedited after November by which time the tendering process would be completed.
He stated that the project was estimated to cost ₹55,000 crore and works costing ₹32,000 crore were still pending.
He disputed Mr. Naidus’s claim that 70% of the project was completed, insisting that only the spillway and cofferdam were built so far.
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