Chennai Company cancels Rs 2.3 cr tender for social media management

The tender was withdrawn as it was floated during the former govt, and even though an organisation was chosen, no arrangement was signed.

The Bigger Chennai Corporation (GCC) cancelled its Rs 2.3 crore tender for social media administration, which was reportedly issued before the assembly elections. The tender was floated to combine GCC’s Facebook, Twitter and Google profiles with its formal portal. Studies said that GCC Commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi, who reviewed the tender together with other greater officials, withdrew the tender as it experienced been awarded ahead of the Assembly elections ended up held, but that no settlement experienced been signed.

In accordance to the Instances of India, KS Clever Alternatives was awarded the tender and was to signal the deal in February, but was delayed thanks to the elections. The tender was floated and award earlier that month.  Soon after GCC revamped its social media web pages and internet site in March 2020, a corporation termed Zth Orbit managed them for a few months during the pandemic. The corporation was compensated Rs 10 lakh for the operate but the contract was renewed, the report additional.

In the meantime, Chennai-based mostly NGO Arappor Iyakkam on July 5 wrote to GCC Commissioner Bedi listing some essential changes needed in the Company.

The Company has been handing out a great deal of tenders above the previous couple of years under the garb of restricted tenders, the place the tender is only open to sure distributors in get to syndicate contractors in Chennai Corporation. Therefore, there is a require for abolition of restricted tenders and strictly implementing open up e-tenders, the letter reported.

The letter further more extra that GCC is handing above tenders in streets and stormwater drains at costs over the market place cost, and will have to revise it downwards.

Furthermore, the letter demanded transparency on the tenders’ site, as quite a few done tenders are allegedly nonetheless showing as ‘Tender to be opened’. This is avoiding transparency and does not permit the general public know about the economical bid of the arrangement, the letter included.

The letter also said that the GCC ought to publish council resolutions online at the conclude of just about every month. “There have been huge delays in uploading the council resolution. Even at present, the council resolution only till January 2021 has been uploaded on the internet site.”

The letter in addition demanded the GCC do absent with all bodily factors of contact in tenders and packaging of tenders and judiciously scrutinise them. They also said that changes will have to be produced to keep away from bid collusion, and tenders have to be educated with correct specifications though increasing the peak of the street during laying. Additionally, it additional that the ward committee and space sabha will have to be fashioned underneath the Chennai City Municipal Company Act, 1919.

“While also getting rapid methods to guarantee the alterations are built, GCC should consider needed action on engineers and officials dependable for illegalities and irregularities,” claimed Jayaram Venkatesan, convenor of Arappor Iyakkam.