Mumbai: In a first, the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) will reconsider a failed bid for the Bombay Development Directorate (BDD) chawl redevelopment project at Worli. The authority had finalised three bids earlier, however, SD Corporation, challenged the bidding process after it could not get through due to a technical glitch. This is one of the most ambitious projects of MHADA in central Mumbai whose tenders are nearly worth Rs 10, 700 crore.
The developer, who is in joint venture with the famous Shapoorji Pallonji, had moved the Bombay High Court seeking an approval for registering his bid. In its final hearing, the court directed authorities to retrieve the bid documents of the developers and consider the fourth bidder for the project once it fits all the technical condition.
The Bombay High Court directed the National Informatics Centre (NIC) to retrieve all the bid documents in the e-tendering process and also directed MHADA to consider it as a valid bid with the other three bidders —Arabian Constructions Company, TATA projects and ILFS. Officials have predicted that this may pro-long the bidding process of the Worli project since they will have to evaluate the entire fourth bid along with the existing three bids.