February 4, 2024
KCP Chandraprakash, Secretary of the Coimbatore Corporation Contractors Welfare Association (CCCA) has issued a statement calling for measures to prevent malpractice in the tendering process.
KCP Chandraprakash emphasized that the crusher association must continue to supply construction materials at the old price until May, allowing contractors to complete existing projects without facing cost escalation. Furthermore, he urged the immediate implementation of the new pricing structure, proposing a 10 percent increase in prices for the coming year, with a fixed rate prepared by the Public Works, Highways and Corporation Administration.
Expressing concerns about incomplete work in rainwater drains and canals in Coimbatore and other corporation areas, KCP Chandraprakash highlighted that contractors had performed 50 percent less work than required, leading to officials issuing subpoenas against them.
CCCA Secretary Advocates Tender Transparency to Combat Fraud:
In a subsequent statement, CCCA Secretary KCP Chandra Prakash reinforced the call for transparency in the tendering process to prevent fraudulent practices in Coimbatore.
The municipal commissioner, after scrutinizing various works, has decided to file complaints with the anti-bribery department and impose fines for any detected errors. Notably, irregularities were identified in tenders for Semmozhi Park works, where contracts were awarded to ineligible companies. Chandra Prakash insisted that only qualified contractors should be allowed to participate in tenders.
The statement outlined instances of potential malpractice, including the allocation of significant contracts to newly registered companies without proper merit, forging tenders without essential documentation, and awarding contracts based on recommendations rather than merit.
In an effort to address these concerns, the corporation plans to file complaints with the DVAC Police, particularly regarding tender corruption in PWD works, Highways Departments. Additionally, the CCCA aims to pursue legal action through the association to seek justice for disqualified contractors and address issues related to online tenders.
The association expressed determination to combat corruption in the tendering process and ensure a fair and transparent allocation of contracts in various government departments.