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CHANDIGARH UT changes bid invite for bus queue shelters

February 18, 2019 06:28 AM

COURTESY HT FEB 18

Hillary Victor ■ hillary.victor@htlive.com
UT changes bid invite for bus queue shelters
HIKES CONCESSION PERIOD FROM 5 TO 8 YEARS, AS DEMANDED BY BIDDERS; BIDS TO OPEN ON FEBRUARY 28

CHANDIGARH: In view of the poor response in the pre-bid meeting, the UT administration has made changes in the request for proposal (RFP) of 562 bus queue shelters.

The administration has increased the concession period from five to eight years, as demanded by bidders, and will now open bids on February 28.

The agency allotted the project will renovate, construct and maintain the bus queue shelters on the public-private partnership (PPP) model for eight years. The agency will earn revenue through advertisements displayed at the bus queue shelters and will also be liable for payment of advertisement and licence fee.

The plan also involves demolition of around 70 of the 82 shelters built only with steel, as they are in a bad condition.

The administration has already approved the shelters’ design and will construct them using RRM (random rubble masonry) technique, also known stone masonry, which involves stone units bonded together with mortar.

Besides stones and mortar, the new shelters will have some steel too. Designed to accommodate seven people, they will also have a ramp. Also, the new design has been prepared to match the intelligent traffic system to be adopted by the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) buses.

In the pre-bid meeting held on January 12, the bidders had demanded increase in the concession period to eight years.

UT chief engineer Mukesh Anand said, “We made some changes in RFP and the file has been sent to the authorities concerned for approval. We will open bids on February 28. New bus queue shelters will be constructed by the end of this year.”

Currently, the city has 10 stone masonry bus shelters, and 135 brick-and-mortar shelters that are also essentially of the same strength and character.

NOT A FIRST

This is not the first time the UT administration has decided to alter the design of the bus queue shelters. In 2013, the administration had constructed around 70 bus stops made of steel at a cost of ₹13 lakh each, whereas those made out of bricks cost ₹3 lakh.

Earlier in 2004, the administration had come up with kiosk-style shelters on build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis

 
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