The Telegraph
Saturday , January 11 , 2014
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Fresh bids for rehab flats

Jharia Rehabilitation Development Authority (JRDA) is all set to re-float tenders to select an agency to construct 6,000 quarters at Nipania mouza of Baliapur block in Dhanbad for rehabilitating non-BCCL families displaced by the raging underground fire.

JRDA was forced to take this decision as only one agency was found eligible in the technical bid — for construction of the flats on 120 acres of land at a cost of Rs 224 crore — that was opened on September 28.

Although two Mumbai-based companies — Supreme Infrastructure India Limited and KCPL Unity Joint Venture — had evinced interest in the project, one of them was found incompetent. The JRDA officials, however, refused to name the firm.

The contract was to be awarded to either of them after opening of the financial bid. But technical evaluation of the applications of the two firms nullified the entire process.

“According to norms, if a single firm is found eligible during the technical bid, it is not considered as a competitive bidding. There is no question of opening the financial bid. Tenders have to be floated again in such a situation,” JRDA chief manager (civil) Sunil Dalela said.

The decision is likely to be approved in the upcoming board meeting of JRDA at its Dhanbad office on January 13.

The meeting, which will be chaired by North Chotanagpur commissioner and ex-officio chairman of JRDA Surendra Singh Meena, may also approve construction of 400 temporary tenements at land filled sites of Lodna.

A separate budgetary head will have to be created for the purpose as Jharia master plan has provision for only permanent quarters.

The dwelling units at Lodna will comprise one room, a verandah, kitchen and a toilet and come up on 3.5 hectares at a cost of Rs 9.12 crore to meet any exigency in underground fire affected areas of Jharia.

For instance, a land subsidence at Lilton Angarpathra locality in Katras on January 7 rendered 19 families homeless. These people would be put up at these temporary tenements.

On the other hand, the 6,000 flats that will come up at Nipania, about 4km from Jharia Vihar Colony in Belgarhia — where around 1,080 families have already been rehabilitated in 2,352 quarters — will have two bedrooms, a hall and a kitchen.

There will be four flats in each floor in the G+3 buildings.

Other issues like norms for allotment of 24 shops constructed in the double-storeyed market complex built at a cost of Rs 73.30 lakh at Jharia Vihar Colony of Belgarhia are also likely to discussed and approved during the meeting.