Mangaluru, Feb 28, 2015: Dakshina Kannada district in-charge minister B Ramanath Rai said that tender process will be re-done for the second phase works as only one Hyderabad based company has come forward with their offer.
The tenders for the second part of development of Shiradi Ghat road on Mangaluru - Bengaluru national highway will be re-called as the Union ministry has not received sufficient bids.
The Shiradi Ghat work is allocated Rs 155.18 crore. Dakshina Kannada district administration had closed the road to facilitate the first phase work from 6am on January 2. Vehicles are diverted on alternate routes.
The sanctioned work on the stretch is providing rigid pavement from Heggadde to Kempuhole Guest House at a tendered cost of Rs 69.90 crore. The second phase of work, including strengthening and providing rigid pavement, is expected to be taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 85.28 crore. The last date for submission of tender for the second phase work was January 27 and the ministry received bid from just one party. The last date was extended to February 7, but the ministry did not get response, said DK DC A B Ibrahim.
Meanwhile, sources said MPs D V Sadananda Gowda and Nalin Kumar Kateel met Union minister of Road Transport and Highway Nitin Gadkari and requested him to consider the matter. According to sources Gadkari refused to accept the bid. Hence, fresh tenders will be re invited. Ministers and district administration is troubled as the road can not be opened in May 2015 with the unseen delays.
The work includes relaying 41 kms of road stretch with 26 kms of concrete and 21kms of bitumen as per IRC standards. Contract to provide rigid pavement from Heggadde to Kempuhole Guest House has been awarded to Ocean Constructions India Private Limited, Mangaluru at a tendered cost of Rs 69.90 crore. The second phase works will be undertaken at the cost of Rs 85.28 crore.
Minister Rai said it is not right to close the road again for the second phase of work. People are already face lot of difficulty travelling via alternative routes which are tedious and long. Merging the second phase work with Hassan-B C Road four laning project and complete phase one of the Shiradi Ghat in May 2014, is the possibility seen for now.