The city corporation has decided to float fresh tenders for the development of Semmozhi Poonga, as the bidders in the first tender did not satisfy the condition that they should have prior experience in establishing a park spread across at least five acres.
The city corporation had floated the tenders in June with an announcement to open the bids on June 28. “We received bids from two contractors. Technical scrutiny of the bids took time. The plan was to issue work orders to the shortlisted contractor by the first week of August. Now, we have decided to scrap the tender, as the bidders do not meet the experience criteria,” said corporation commissioner M Prathap.
Pointing out that it would be the largest park to be developed in the state, he said that was the reason why they were particular about the bidders having prior experience in developing a park on at least five acres.
“During the technical evaluation, we found that both the bidders were not suitable, as they did not attach documents to show their experience in developing a park as mentioned in the tender. We will go for a fresh tender at the end of this month,” Prathap said.
He said they hadn’t checked the price quoted by the bidders. “We will open the price bid only when the bidders satisfy the technical expectations.” In the first phase of the project, the park would be developed on 45 of the total 120 acres with a convention centre and a multi-level car parking lot.
While the total project cost is estimated at ₹172 crore, the state government had released ₹43 crore in the 2023-24 budget for the first phase. The park would house a garden with around 10,000 varieties of plants and trees, cafeteria, heritage garden, stone garden, herbal garden and an open-air theatre.
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