Mangaluru: September 24, 2015: Karnataka Neeravari Nigama Limited (KNNL) managing director R Rudraiah has stated in a release that the 24.01 TMC Yettinahole project has been commenced to provide drinking water to 68.5 lakh people living in 28 taluks of seven districts including Kolara and Chikkaballapura in the state.
The project with public interest worth Rs 8,323.5 crore has been accorded government approval on July 13, 2012. In the first phase, directions were given to invite tenders in packages for lift irrigation project worth Rs 3,269.5 crore. On November 2, 2012 tenders were invited for the work through e-procurement platform. Technical bids were opened on January 21, 2013 and financial bids were opened on March 15, 2013, the release stated.
The 149th technical sub-committee of KNNL on September 23, 2013 found contractors not adhering to rules and hence a power to take final decision was left to the board of directors. The 61st board of directors meet held on December 12, 2013 decided to reject the tenders and decided to invite tenders again.
Retender for five package lift irrigation works was invited on December 31, 2013. Later, technical bids were opened on January 27, 2014 and financial bids were opened on February 13, 2014. The board of directors approved the five package tender works at its 62nd meet on February 13 the same year. Meanwhile, the government approved the revised detailed project report worth Rs 12,912.36 crore on December 17, 2014. At present, works on lift irrigation are in progress, Rudraiah stated.
"KNNL invites tenders for works in a transparent manner as per rules. Tenders for all projects of KNNL including Yettinahole have been invited transparently as per rules and there is no opportunity for nepotism. Interested and qualified contractors from the state as well as from other parts of the nation may take part in the online e-tendering process," Rudraiah stated.