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Construction : Web Exclusive | February 2013 | Source : Construction Update

BMC mulls reforms to improve contract awards

In order to expedite award of key contracts, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) plans to constitute a technical advisory committee in each department to facilitate early decision making.

This is part of a series of reform initiatives taken by the civic body in its budget for 2013-14 to ensure transparency in project award.

Among other steps, the corporation plans to improve its procurement policies for allotting contracts and thus increase transparency in its working.

It may be recalled that the corporation faced constant criticism for malpractices such as rigging of contracts, cartelisation in road contracts, huge variations in project costs.

The BMC has planned to include full disclosure, integrity pact with vendors, e-tendering, and ensuring fair price from contractors. It also plans to upload contract details of work orders, and other specification of procurement plans on its website for citizen review. It is also planning a system of peer review and third party audit for quality assurance and quality control.

In yet another measure to bring in greater accountability and transparency in personal conduct of its own officials, the BMC is planning to put annual property returns of senior municipal officers on its website.

Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte said, "In order to establish a direct communication channel with the public at large, it is proposed to establish a BMC portal with the state of art facility to upload content including ideas,".

 
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