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New contractor for Gazderbandh pumping station to be finalised soon

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is on the verge of finalising a contractor for its Gazderbandh storm water drainage pumping station. The earlier contractor was blacklisted after failing to complete work in three years.

The new contractor will be appointed by September for the remaining work so that the station can be ready by next monsoon. It will help prevent flooding in Juhu, Khar and Bandra.

Brimstowad, the BMC’s storm water disposal project, has been dogged by delays and escalating costs. As part of the project, eight new pumping stations were to built, but only five have become functional.

Work on the sixth station at Gazderbandh has been delayed for at least three years. Six pumps had been procured from Korea, but much of the installation, electrification and civil engineering work is still pending. The original contract worth Rs. 125 crore to construct the pumping station was given to M/s Pratibha Industries, but the BMC has now blacklisted the firm. Half of the project is still incomplete.

Meanwhile, the BMC has received good response for bids to complete the work. The contract cost will now be Rs. 75 crore for a period of six months. “We have two bidders. Scrutiny of the bids is under way. The finalised contractor will be suggested to the standing committee by month-end. We are sure work will start by October and completed before next monsoon,” said Vijay Singhal, Additional Municipal Commissioner.

Work also involves maintenance of the pumping station for the next seven years. Any excess costs in the new contract will be recovered from the old contractor.

Drain works from Oct.

Meanwhile, during his monthly review meeting on Saturday, Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta discussed the city’s waterlogging problems.

According to a presentation given by the Storm Water Drain Department officials during the meeting, 6,208 residential and commercial structures, legal and illegal, will have to be demolished to eliminate 105 flooding spots. The BMC is finalising 77 contracts for works at the 105 spots October onwards. Contracts for work at 16 places have been awarded. The work includes measures like widening and augmenting drains and culverts, and repairs.

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