The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has picked holes in the selection of consultant architects for T-Hub and IMAGE (Innovation in Multimedia, Animation, Gaming and Entertainment) towers in Telangana. CAG, in fact, has termed the entire process adopted for selection as irregular and violative of stipulated provisions.
T-Hub is a public – private partnership between the Government of Telangana involving an estimated cost of Rs 222 crore, three of India’s leading academic institutes (The Indian Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, The Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and The National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad) and the private sector. IMAGE Tower at Raidurg in Hyderabad is proposed to be developed as an Animation and Gaming Hub, with other support facilities. The construction cost of IMAGE tower is estimated to be around Rs 946 crore. Both the projects are developed under PPP mode.
The construction of T-Hub (phase II) work was entrusted to KPC Project Ltd and the CAG has pointed out that the Finance Code prohibited entering into contract with indefinite liability. CAG report has also pointed out that the selection of consultant architect on percentage contract was to be adopted only in cases of fixed cost target. However, TSIIC has appointed consultant architect on percentage contract basis. It was also noted that the minimum qualifying marks were not specified in the request for proposal. The mistake was allowed to continue even after a bidder pointed it out to TSIIC. CAG has listed out some other irregularities in the selection of the consultant resulting in the fourth lowest firm getting the award. The CAG has pointed out similar irregularities in selection of consultant architect in construction of IMAGE tower wherein the lowest quote was ignored in the selection of the consultant architect.