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AP govt. finalises bids for temporary capital, at last


At last, the State government finalised the bids for temporary capital. The government has decided, sources say, to award four packages to L&T and two packages to Shapoorji Pallonji and Co. The bidders have agreed to execute the work at Rs. 3,350 per sq. ft. The work orders are likely to be issued soon. The tenders were finalised with intervention of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday.

The AP Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) authorities could not finalise the bids all these days as the bidders stuck to their estimates, while the government insisted that the work be done at Rs. 3,000 as estimated by it. And, it works out to Rs. 3300 including mandatory taxes.

The bidders, sources say, quoted about Rs. 4,800 per sq. feet (sft). The government fixed the rate at Rs. 3,000 per sq.ft. As per the rules, the government can allow 5 per cent excess or less of the rate fixed by it. Going by this clause, the government is likely to finalise the bidders. Sources say that the government may select both the firms and divide the three packages between them. It is learnt that the government has offered tax concessions to the bidder.

Technical bid: The authority has already opened the technical bid on last Wednesday. Subsequently, the price bids were opened on last Sunday. The stalemate continued thereafter. The government wanted to finalise the bids by February 10 and issue the work orders as soon as the price bids were scrutinised. The government intends to complete the works before June.

The government chalked out plans to construct six lakh square feet of office space to shift Secretariat and Assembly. Six blocks, each with a floor space of one lakh sq. ft will come up at temporary capital. The government is considering all possibilities including pre-fabricated, RCC and steel structures to construct the temporary capital. The government is planning to construct G plus one building, each floor with a space of 50,000 sq.ft. However, foundation will be constructed for G plus six floors. The CRDA will use it for commercial purpose in future.

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