Metered parking tenders: Bidders cry foul over clause

 These potential bidders say they had no clue about the clause till they bought the application form, which was priced at a hefty Rs 5,000. About 50 of them had rushed to the BBMP East zone office at Mayo Hall, after a tender notice appeared in some Kannada dailies.

The Palike had put a condition that the bidder should have installed and operated street metered paid parking facilities for the last three years. The Palike is believed to be interested in awarding the contract to a local organisation though individuals could also bid.

To filter ordinary bidders, the clause related to the financial condition of the applicant had the bar raised high; the clause of ‘financial capability’ reads that the bidder should submit a solvency certificate from any scheduled bank for an amount of Rs 50 lakh.
Incidentally, the only ‘local organisation’ to fulfil the criteria is the Brigade Road Association.

Brigade Road is the only street in Bangalore which has had metered vehicle parking for three years (the metered parking system was begun in Commercial Street much later), and the Association has been operating the system for the whole period.

The organisation is also capable of submitting a solvency certificate for an amount of Rs 50 lakh, besides a bid security amount of Rs one lakh.

Two of the bidders, Jayarama and Subramanya, alleged that the entire draft had been prepared in such a way that only the Brigade Road Association could get the contract.
“The Brigade Road Association alone has been operating over the years on this street, so they are the only ones with the experience,” Jayarama alleged. “The BBMP should have helped unemployed people by giving them the contract. It is favouring only the rich ,” Subramanya charged.

BBMP Joint Commissioner (East Zone) Venkataramana said any individual outsider can apply but all that is required is experience.

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