Even though the tenders for reclamation of hundreds of lakes are set to be floated next week, the big contractors have formed mobs to quote both lowest and highest bids to assure that they secure majority of the contracts.
The govt has received complaints from lower and middle-level contractors that they are being clogged by the big contractors from engaging in the tenders this way. The TS govt spending 25,000 crores to revive 45,000 lakes across the state in five years, and this year spending Rs 5,000 crores to 9,000 lakes.
Contractors are classified into six categories. Special class, class-I, II and III are big contractors, who are eligible to take up works throughout the state. Classes IV and V contractors can bid for works only within the sphere where they are registered.
The “Mission Kakatiya” works largely relate to class-IV and V contractors, estimates would be less than Rs 5 lakh. By quoting both highest and lowest prices, they want to oust small-time contractors.
Rs 10 lakh deposit is required for registration as “benamis” for class IV and V contractors. “We want to raise the registration amount limit for new class-IV and V contractors from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 50 lakh to discourage big contractors from using their benamis at this stage. The vigilance department has already been alerted,” said T. Harish Rao Irrigation minister.