Authorities yet to retrieve bidders docs for Worli BDD project

BDD ChawlsBy Accommodation Times Bureau

 A month after the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) was directed to reconsider a failed bid for the Bombay Development Directorate (BDD) Chawl redevelopment project at Worli, the authorities are yet to retrieve and submit the bid documents. The authority had finalised three bids earlier, however, Shapoorji Pallonji, challenged the bidding process after he could not get through due to a technical glitch. This delay has also stalled the selection of the three bidders.
The developer had moved the Bombay High Court seeking an approval for registering his bid. In its final hearing, the court directed authorities to retrieve the bid documents of the developers and consider the fourth bidder for the project once it fits all the technical condition.  This is one of the most ambitious projects of MHADA in central Mumbai whose tenders are nearly worth Rs 10, 700 crore.

The Bombay High Court directed the National Informatics Centre (NIC) to retrieve all the bid documents in the e-tendering process and also directed MHADA to consider it as a valid bid with the other three bidders- Arabian Constructions Company, TATA projects and ILFS.

While scrutiny of the orginal three bidders have been completed, the unavailability of bid documents of the fourth bidder has also stalled the selection process of other three bidders. A senior official said, “The scrutinising of the first three bidders has almost been completed. Now with the entry of the fourth bidder, the selection process is prolonged. Also, while the court case continued, there was a stay on the process which led to further delay.” Officials have predicted that this may pro-long the bidding process of the Worli project since they will have to evaluate the entire fourth bid along with evaluating the existing three bids.

The bidding process involves the evaluation of technical bids and financial bids respectively. The developer had finished the first two steps in the online bidding process, however, failed to freeze the bid due to a technical glitch. He said, “The bidders had requested for extending the deadline for submission. We had given the bidders with ample amount of time to bid for the project because of which the deadline was extended by 10 days.”

The project involves the entire revamp of 121 buildings at Worli which is spread across over 50 acres of land. Apart from rehousing the existing tenants in the redeveloped structure, the project will also create 16,000 affordable houses. Each and every existing tenant will move into a 500 square feet apartment, from the existing 160 square feet apartment.

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