By Accommodation Times Bureau
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.