Bongaigaon, June 18: An Assam contractor has issued a legal notice to the Alipurduar division of Northeast Frontier Railway after his bid documents went missing from a tender box in the office of the assistant divisional engineer, NFR, at New Bongaigaon.
The Alipurduar division of NFR had published a tender notice (Sl. No. 14/AP and 15/AP of APDJ-ZONE-03-11 of 2014) on April 16, inviting bids for maintenance of the department in Zone 14 and 15 (New Bongaigaon, Dangtol and Kokrajhar). Tender boxes were placed at the railway’s engineering section offices in Maligaon (Guwahati), New Bongaigaon (for Fakiragram), New Cooch Behar, New Malbazar, New Jalpaiguri and the Alipurduar divisional office.
The contractor, Pradip Ray, whose firm MP Construction is based at Natunpara in Bongaigaon, had dropped his bid documents in the tender box at New Bongaigaon on May 27. The documents included two demand drafts (bearing numbers 036957 and 036958 of Rs 5,000 each as tender cost) and copies of two fixed deposit receipts (of Rs 1,32,300 and Rs 1,48,500) as earnest money against the two tenders.
When the tender box, which was taken to Alipurduar divisional office, was opened on May 29, the documents of Ray, who was the lowest bidder among the contractors, were found missing.
Holding the railways responsible for the missing documents, Ray has sought a reply from the department and necessary action.
“I also issued a pleader notice to the divisional railway manager of Alipurduar division on June 2, seeking a response within 15 days. If the notice fails to bring any response, I will sue the department,” Ray said.
The divisional railway manager, Birendra Kumar, said, “The aggrieved contractor (Ray) will definitely get a reply to his legal notice” which was received by his office four to five days ago. He said a “departmental inquiry into the anomaly” would also be constituted soon.
A section of contractors demanded cancellation of the tenders and asked the department to start afresh under tight vigil.