Tenders invited for completed project

Tenders invited for completed project

Stink of Scam

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, on Thursday invited tenders for the construction of a yoga centre in Rajmahal Guttahalli ward in Malles­waram, which was completed two months ago and is awaiting inauguration.

Yet to recover from the fake bills scam, the Palike’s tender for the centre was one among a host of works--worth Rs 15.54 crore--it had invited tenders for, through an advertisement on Thursday.

After being alerted by Umesh, a resident of Malleswaram, Deccan Herald did a reality check and found that the building was actually complete.

“The advertisement was a shocker. We have seen the work being completed and the advertisement invites tenders for the construction of the same building at a cost of Rs 12 lakh,” Umesh said.

The completed yoga centre does not have a concrete roof. Instead, it sports tin sheets. Workers present at the site said that the work on the hall is complete and awaiting inauguration. They said the contractor was waiting for an auspicious day to inaugurate the building.

This is not all. Palike’s advertisement also invites tenders for the improvement of road and drain at 8th main road of the Swimming Pool Layout in Rajmahal Guttahalli ward. The construction of culvert and drains are already in progress while the roads were asphalted a year ago. The road is in a very good condition.

Manjula, a resident of 8th main, was surprised when she was told that the Palike wants to asphalt the road again and remove the slabs on the footpath. “This is a national waste. Barring the parking problem in front of my house and accidents at the junction ahead, I find no problem here. The road is in good shape and we do not need new pavements,” she said.

Scam brewing

Sources in the BBMP say that inviting tenders to construct the yoga centre two months after its completion is not a stray case.
Palike is wasting funds in several more projects and covering up old scams that had seen work orders granted without following procedures. There could be a new scam in the making, sources added.

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