Firms given 10-day extension for CTU bus tenders
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The tenders, for the purchase of buses by the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking, could not be opened on Monday as all three participant companies were unable to upload the complete tender documents. Due to this, an extension has been granted and the tenders will be opened next week.
While the tender documents had to be uploaded by 2 pm on Monday, Tata, Ashok Leyland and Volvo could not upload some relevant documents. The representatives of the three companies then met CTU officials, seeking an extension. Since none of the interested companies had uploaded the documents, officials stated that an extension has been granted till next week.
CTU is looking to procure 98 new low-floor buses to replace those in its fleet that have been condemned. The proposal had been delayed for several months after hitting several road blocks.
The budget for buying the buses was cleared recently and tenders were floated after some changes were suggested by companies in the pre-bid meeting. While CTU had wanted an annual maintenance contract (AMC) for 12 years, the companies wanted it to relaxed to five years as they claimed that it would be difficult to calculate the increase in cost of equipment after 12 years. It has now been reduced to 10 years.