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UT government tenders upheld, shuffling of panel to monitor works suggested

The Puducherry government had issued an order dated March 12, 2013, constituting the steering committee for re-launching of Tank Rehabilitation Project. Published: 05th May 2019 06:06 AM | L ......

  • India
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 06 May 2019
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Description The Puducherry government had issued an order dated March 12, 2013, constituting the steering committee for re-launching of Tank Rehabilitation Project. Published: 05th May 2019 06:06 AM | Last Updated: 05th May 2019 06:06 AM | A+A A- By Express News Service CHENNAI : A division bench of the Madras High Court while upholding two tenders of Puducherry government issued in August and September 2017 for executing works under the ‘Integrated Surface Water Management’ scheme through rejuvenation of 20 tanks and 32 village ponds for climate change adoption, has suggested the re-constitution of the steering committee to monitor the works. A bench of Justices M Venugopal and S Vaidyanathan, which upheld the tenders, directed the Puducherry Chief Secretary to shuffle the committee by including one higher officer each from the Ground Water Authority and Pollution Control Board and an expert in the field of desilting and removal of ‘savudu’ soil, while making borewells in the tanks. The Puducherry government had issued an order dated March 12, 2013, constituting the steering committee for re-launching of Tank Rehabilitation Project. Most of the officials in the committee are bureaucrats and what was needed is an efficient and honest official, the bench said.As there is a provision in the GO to add other persons too as members in the panel, the bench said that it was doing so. The government must ensure that the officials to be appointed in the committee should be honest, meritorious, efficient and work knowing and there should be no political blend in the appointment, the judges said. The bench, however, rejected a plea from the petitioner association to entrust Kudimaramathu maintenance and all other allied works in respect of all water bodies to it and to the Tank Association in the Union Territory in the villages concerned. It is for the government to decide, as mere challenge to the tender notifications will not give any right to the association to seek for participation in the steering committee as a matter of right, the bench added.
Industry Administration & Marketing
Source http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/2019/may/05/ut-government-tenders-upheld-shuffling-of-panel-to-monitor-works-suggested-1972823.html
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Contract for Installation of Chlorinators’ at six Filtration Plants Awarded in Violation of Law

KARACHI: A contract of Rs 362 million for installation of chlorinators at six different water filtration plants of Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) has been awarded in sheer violation of Sindh ......

  • Pakistan
  • Oil & Gas
  • 29 Dec 2017
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Description KARACHI: A contract of Rs 362 million for installation of chlorinators at six different water filtration plants of Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) has been awarded in sheer violation of Sindh Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (SPPRA) by laws, officials of KWSB and representatives of bidding companies have revealed. The awarding contract is more than Rs 47 million to the lowest bids besides the contract awarding company, Umair and Associates has also no such work experience in this field, they have claimed. “This tender after called off twice has now been awarded on the recommendation of Sindh Minister for Local Government Department”, a KWSB official on condition of anonymity has informed. Eligibility for such tender describes valid registration with Pakistan Engineer Council (PEC) in category of C-3 with field of specialisation in categories CE-09, CE-10, EE-04 and ME-06 besides firm/contractor should be registered with Sindh Board of Revenue in terms of rule-46(i) (iii) of SPPRA rules. The winning company has no such work experience and has no any certificate confirming its ability and eligibility for work from PEC. Representatives of Indusman, Malik Hanan and Company and Saif Engineering have alleged they had been disqualified though their bids were lowest and they have also possessed such work experience. The job is meant to provide/fixing of chlorinators and allied works with accessories at six different filter plants under 3-stage work plan for rehabilitation of existing water filter plants of KWSB situated at COD, NEK K-II, NEK old, Pipri, Gharo and Hub. In the last four years KWSB has spent Rs 345 million in the name of such job of chlorinating without any check. In six months of fiscal 2018, KWSB has spent Rs 182 million on same subject while not a single penny has been spent in 2016-17. The claim of KWSB to complete these tasks set under short term plan (1-3 month), medium plan (9 months) and long term (1-2 years) making disinfection facilities functional, procure and install chlorination has so far been proved zero. The chlorinators, laboratory equipment desalting and rehabilitation of clarifiers, pulsators, desilting and rehabilitation of recovery system, rehabilitation of existing alum and other chemical dosing facility, back washing system, filter beds by changing filter media, pipe works including valves compressor and blowers and electrical works have been in dilapidated condition at almost three functional filter plants. The citizens of Karachi are being supplied around 91 percent out of total supply of 420 million gallons of water per day (MGD) without any treatment through KWSB water trunk mains for last ten years. The water laboratory scientists of Pakistan Standard and Quality Control Authority and water officials of entity have revealed. This dismal situation is the outcome of poor performance of water engineers of KWSB and lethargic attitude of KWSB high ups for not making functional such closed plants for last ten years, officials of these entities have maintained. The current existing working filtration capacity available is 50 MGD from Pipri Filter Plant, 100 MGD from North East Karachi (NEK) K-II Filter Plant and 80 MGD from Hub Filter Plant, they asserted. The four filter plants-Gharo, Hills, Pipri old and NEK old with total capacity of 210 MGD filtration remained non-functional due to lack of maintenance facilities, official KWSB added.
Industry Oil & Gas
Source https://dailytimes.com.pk/169749/contract-forinstallation-chlorinators-six-filtration-plants-awarded-violation-law/
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Operations set to start at Chanju-I, India

The 36MW Chanju-I hydropower project in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh is set to commence operations, I A Energy and Entura announced today. News that the project work had concluded was confirm ......

  • India
  • Energy & Power
  • 15 Oct 2016
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Description The 36MW Chanju-I hydropower project in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh is set to commence operations, I A Energy and Entura announced today.
News that the project work had concluded was confirmed during a hydropower roundtable hosted by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission in New Delhi, attended by Tasmania’s Minister for Energy, Matthew Groom; representatives of the Ministry of Power, Government of India; and members of the private sector.
The project involved construction of a 16m high barrage, a 4.1 km head race tunnel, two underground desilting chambers, underground pressure tunnels, pressure shafts and a surface power house.
The participation of the private sector in generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in India was approved in 2005. Chanju-I was awarded to I A Energy through a competitive bidding process and the business engaged Entura in 2007 to provide technical expertise in optimising design and construction, costing, contract packaging, selection of equipment, scheduling and project management.
“This is a very important moment for us at I A Energy as Chanju-I was our first step towards diversifying into the renewable energy sector,” said I A Energy Managing Director Narendra Goel. “We’re very pleased to have worked with Entura to develop a safe, cost-effective and sustainable run-of-river hydropower station that will support India’s need for new renewable electricity supply.”
Entura’s involvement over the full cycle of the project helped I A Energy ensure the right location, access and water availability for a viable project, they said in a statment. The firm developed an effective design for the project, ensured its progress through development approval, and played an ongoing role during construction.
“Chanju-I is a very special project as we have been involved with it since its inception, and today we are delighted to be celebrating its completion,” said Ajay Sharma, Entura India’s Managing Director. “We are very proud of having supported the successful entry of a private sector player in India’s hydropower market, which will certainly inspire others that might be considering renewable energy but don’t have the expertise.
“Chanju-I demonstrates the extensive hydropower experience and skills of our teams in India and Australia, which enabled I A Energy to overcome a number of challenges throughout the different phases of the project, delivering valuable outcomes such as increasing the asset capacity from 25 MW to 36 MW.”
Industry Energy & Power
Source http://www.waterpowermagazine.com/news/newsoperations-set-to-start-at-chanju-i-india-4996186
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Govt Appoints its Man as BMC Auditor

Six months before civic polls, CM's decision to get 'outsider' as BMC watchdog prevails. In what is being seen as an attempt to tighten its grip over the Shiv Sena-ruled BMC, the BJP-led state gove ......

  • India
  • Appointments
  • 03 Sep 2016
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Description Six months before civic polls, CM's decision to get 'outsider' as BMC watchdog prevails.

In what is being seen as an attempt to tighten its grip over the Shiv Sena-ruled BMC, the BJP-led state government on Saturday appointed SK Bansode as the Municipal Chief Auditor (MCA). The BMC has been rocked with a Rs 150-crore desilting scam and a Rs-352 crore roads scam, and seen in that context the appointment of Bansode, on Tuesday evening, is considered strategic.

The appointment was first announced in June but was challenged by civic employees and unions in the high court. The HC cleared Bansode's appointment.

This is the first time that the state government has made a direct appointment to the key post which went to BMC employees so far.

The timing of Bansode's appointment, just six months ahead of the BMC elections and amid rising tension between the BJP and the Sena, has political connotations. Senior Sena corporators said that this was a clear attempt by the BJP to take control of civic affairs and destroy the autonomy of the BMC.

Bansode was posted as Joint Director in the state finance department before being named as the new MCA. While the BMC had earlier decided to do away with the entire audit department, it hasn't gone ahead with it.

"We are happy that the entire audit department has not been scrapped. Looking at the scale of the BMC's budget, it was imperative that a competent MCA be appointed. At least 25% of all civic works must be audited instead of the current 2%. The MCA must put an end to brutal corruption in BMC. This is big victory for us. ," said Sandeep Deshpande, MNS group leader in the BMC.

Deshpande had last year written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis demanding that he appoint an MCA.

Section 78 A(1) of the Maharashtra Municipal Corporations and Municipal Councils (Amendment) Act, 2011, was modified to warrant the appointment to the post of MCA, a 'suitable' candidate on deputation from the state government's Maharashtra Finance and Accounts Services.
Industry Appointments
Source http://www.mumbaimirror.com/mumbai/civic/Govt-appoints-its-man-as-BMC-auditor/articleshow/53936964.cms

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