Monday, October 17, 2016

No takers for airport construction work

Not a single bidder has showed interest in taking up the airport construction work for Shivamogga city. There are no takers for the global tender invited for the second time in a row.

Shivamogga recently joined the ‘smart city’ list. Even this has failed to attract investors to develop airport in the city. The airport work that commenced during the tenure of former CM B S Yeddyurappa has been moving at a snail’s pace. With several hiccups already delaying this project, zero response has dashed people’s hopes.

The government had invited tenders to develop the airport work which had already commenced near Sogane village situated on the outskirts of the city at an estimated cost of Rs 135 crore under PPP model. Department of Infrastructure Development invited the global tender under e-procurement on June 20, 2016 and the last date to apply was September 9.

Citing no response to the project, the pre-bid meeting was rescheduled on June 9 and last date for explanation and enquiry was extended from August 20 to September 7. Opening the bid was scheduled on August 19 which got postponed to September 9.
17/10/16 The New Indian Express

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