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IT companies alleges favouritism in R-APDRP tender by Rajasthan discoms

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RajasthanFAVOURITISM HAS become the flavour of the season in Rajasthan as state power distribution companies (discoms) have rejected eight out of eleven companies on technical grounds in the tendering process for first phase of Rs 495 crore Restructured-Accelerated Power Development and Reform Programme (R-APDRP).

Now, only three companies are left in the fray, while those who closely watch the working of discoms have already started crying foul. All these companies are empanelled with Power Finance Corporation (PFC) which is a nodal agency for implementation of R-APDRP.
“All those, who participated in this process are empanelled with PFC, which is financing the project in the state. At the most these companies may get low markings in the grading system developed by the discoms in Rajasthan but they can not be disqualified from the process. If it has been done then it is a clear case favoring the pet companies by the discom officials. ” a retired chief Engineer of power department said.    

Two part bids were invited from the companies empanelled with PFC and 11 companies participated in the tendering process in Rajasthan. Eight companies were rejected only after examination of their technical bids on the account of deviation from the conditions provided in the tender.

But the discom officials looking after the R-APDRP project are tight lipped about the development. “When you know all the things then why you are asking me?” AK Kalla Superintending Engineer (SE) of Information Technology (IT) in Jaipur Discom said. The companies may be disqualified due to deviation in their technical bid, he added.

But he did not answered that how a company empanelled in PFC can be rejected on technical grounds in Jaipur.

Union power ministry has approved an IT project worth Rs 475 crore for 87 towns in Rajasthan under first phase of R-APDRP. A grant of Rs 316 crore has already been approved by centre through PFC which is been deputed as a nodal agency for APDRP project in India. Twenty four companies have been empanelled at the national level by PFC to carry out the IT project under R-APDRP out of which eleven participated in tendering process in Jaipur.  

According to sources, the lowest financial bid among the three remaining contenders is around Rs 425 crore but the project cost may come down by around Rs 100 crore, if other are allowed to take part in the process.

“The pilot project for introduction of IT, in Atru and Bansur towns has failed utterly as power consumer could not get any benefit out of computerization of all the working of discoms in these areas. Now favorite companies are being promoted to get the coveted Rs 495 crore project with obvious reasons.” an official source said.   

Source - Indian Express

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