TenderSURE project faces corporators' ire

The TenderSURE project came under criticism on Friday, when corporators sought to know in the BBMP Council meeting why it was kept away from public scrutiny and transparency rules.

Raising the issue, K Shivakumar said the corporators and the BBMP engineers have been kept out of the loop in these projects.

He said MG Road has been chosen for TenderSURE project, which evoked fear among the traders, who approached him for consultation and other details. But he could not offer any solution as he had no information about MG Road being selected.

The corporator said when he sought details from the engineers in the Major Roads division of the BBMP, they said they have no information and they have no say in the project.

A visibly upset Shivakumar said, “Why should we have public representatives and engineers when their suggestions and objections are not sought in public works? Let all the works be executed by NGOs.”

He said the TenderSURE project violates the transparency rules and mocks the democratic set-up.

Congress corporator Gunashekar too flayed the project for reducing the width of the road by widening the footpath. He also questioned the money involved in the project and certain clauses which violate the transparency rules. He demanded a thorough probe by the Technical Vigilance Cell under Commissioner (TVCC).

Replying to the charges, Commissioner Lakshminarayana said the government has chosen six roads for its Rs 100-crore pilot project. Its success would be replicated across the State. He said he would make sure that the public representatives are involved in these projects.

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