Corporation invites firms to maintain bridges

To ensure the proper upkeep and maintenance of bridges, foot-overbridges and subways in the city, the Greater Chennai Corporation has decided to identify private contractors to whom the civil maintenance works would be handed over.
Corporation invites firms to maintain bridges
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According to a Chennai Corporation official, three contractors each would be empanelled to take care of the works at North (1-5 zones), Central (6-10 zones) and South (11-15 zones) regions. 
Explaining the advantage of appointing specific contractors, the official added that the contractors would ensure periodic check-ups and would assure centralised maintenance. 
“Until now, periodic maintenance works are being handed over to small contractors whenever the need arose. If a particular bridge needed maintenance, we would appoint a contractor for maintaining only that particular bridge,” added the official.
It is learnt that the civic body has floated three separate tenders for the three regions, not only to maintain bridges but also the foot-over bridges and subways. In all, the Greater Chennai Corporation has been maintaining 272 bridges of varied sizes and purposes, including 16 subways. “A total of Rs 1.20 crore has been allotted for the work – with Rs 40 lakh to be spent for each region. The maintenance works will begin after the opening of bids and suitable bidders selected,” the official said.
Meanwhile, the Chennai Corporation is also planning to maintain public toilets with the help of private contractors and collect fees from users based on the location of such toilets. “Conventional toilets will be set up at more than 850 locations in city. Tenders will be floated soon,” another official said.
New steel FoB near Nungambakkam station
The civic body has initiated steps to build steel foot over bridge near Nungambakkam railway station. According to the sources, the Chennai Corporation has invited private consultants to prepare designs and drawings for the new FoB. “The steel FoB will be built across Nungambakkam subway to connect existing railway FoB on the southern side,” a Chennai Corporation official said. The preparation of design and drawings would cost Rs 15 lakh to the civic body.

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