Mumbai: No response at pre-bid meet as more ad space called for

Mumbai: On the lines of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) Wadala flyover underbelly beautification project, which received appreciation from Mumbaikars’, the Maharashtra State Roads and Development Corporation (MSRDC) has planned to create green space under the flyovers located at Mumbai’s entry points which is maintained by them.

However, this beautification project which emphasises more on green space and gives minimum space for advertisements has received no response from the bidders, confirmed the official.

“These flyovers are located at Western, Eastern and Sion Panvel highways, and companies pay a lot of money to put advertisements here. Therefore, the interested ones who attended the pre-bid meeting contended to increase the size of advertisement space below these flyovers.

However, the existing tender will be recalled to see if anyone shows interest. And if it still receives no response the condition will be tweaked if necessary,” said the official from the MSRDC.

The beautification plan involves landscaping and creating gardens, lawns, children play area, amphitheatre, open gym and kiosks. Also provision for water fountain with access for pedestrians, vertical plantation that include colourful flowering on the pillars of the flyovers and abutments. In addition, creating ample seating area for visitors like senior citizen, joggers and others.

Along with undertaking these development works, the company shall also be responsible for its maintenance work and in lieu of it will be given advertisement rights for earnings revenue. Moreover, the profits earned through advertisements shall be shared with the MSRDC, said the official.

The Mumbai entry points have 27 such flyovers maintained by the MSRDC mainly at Western, Eastern and Sion Panvel highways along with Lal Bahadur Shastri (LBS) and Airoli Corridors. The interested company shall be responsible to conserve, maintain and guard these flyovers at its own cost.

Interestingly, the MSRDC has cleared that the appointed company has to complete landscaping and beautification at all the places made available to them and free from encumbrance within six months from the date of commencement of contract. If it fails to do so then a fine of Rs 1.50 lakh per month shall be levied.

To undertake the beautification work the company’s average turn over for past five years (up to March 2018) should be Rs 10 crore. In fact, the bidding company has to visit and examine these entry points before submission of proposal to check the conditions and factors which may have an affect on the execution of the work and sign a declaration to the MSRDC.

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