Material shortage spikes cost of MC projects

A shortage of construction material and the subsequent rise in their rates has lead to an increase in the cost of projects, undertaken by the Municipal Corporation. The projects, which the civic body had approved a year or two back but had not executed, will now cost between 20 to 70 per cent more.

The MC has now been forced to revise project estimates after contractors failed to finish work. Most of the 'affected' projects pertain to road carpeting. In some cases, the tenders were allotted on rates, that were prevalent two years back, even though the allotment was made recently. Due to this, contractors have not been able to finish the work.

Consider this: The civic body approved the carpeting of V-6 roads in Sector 37 C in 2010 and set aside Rs 29 lakh for the project. The work, however, was allotted only in April 2012. The contractor, however, did not execute the work, forcing its cancellation. Due to the increase in the rates of material, the civic body has now prepared an estimate of Rs 45.2 lakh for the same work. Similar is the case for carpeting of V-6 roads in Sector 38 D. An estimate of Rs 33.39 lakh was approved in 2011 but it has now been revised to Rs 44.67 lakh.

There has been a shortage of construction material throughout the region due to a ban on mining. Roads are not the only ones to bear the brunt, the construction cost of underground reservoirs has also increased. The MC had last year approved the construction of UGRs (underground reserve water tanks) in different sectors . The proposal had been pending with the Administration for almost a year till it was cleared recently. A UGR in Sector 29 for which Rs 67 lakh had been approved will now cost nearly Rs 81 lakh.

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