Raising concern over the conditions laid down by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for the empanelment of architects for redesigning streets in Mumbai, a group of 113 architects and urban designers have written to the civic body asking it to revise these tender conditions. The group has said that the conditions laid down by the civic body are “onerous” and would not allow a vast majority of the architects to participate in the project. The group has requested BMC to postpone the tender deadline and arrange a meeting to address these issues before finalizing the tender.
The BMC had floated a tender for empanelment of urban designs and architect to redesigning of streets. The plan is being executed with the help of the World Resource Institute (WRI).
According to the group, several conditions in the tender document are stringent and impractical. For example, the condition for earnest money deposit says that Rs 1 lakh will be retained for three years. Another condition of a firm’s turnover is arbitrary as it requires that the firm should have more than Rs 50 lakh turnover. According to the group, one cannot expect an architecture firm to have such large turnover.
Further, according to some architects, such stringent conditions would keep vast majority of architects and urban designers out of the purview of the tender.