Mumbai, India: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) plan to use GIS/GPS technology for its tree census has failed to garner response from service providers. Not a single one came forward to do the job after tenders were floated in November.
The corporation has again issued tenders for the work now, which means further delay in the start of the census. It was supposed to begin in June. Earlier, administrative delays had impelled BMC to push the deadline from June to October, later mid-November and December. Now, it is likely to begin in January once the recently-floated tender process is completed by mid-December.
BMC’s superintendent of gardens, Kamlashankar Yadav, confirmed that no company participated in the bidding process in November. “No firm showed interest in doing the job. Hence, tenders have been floated afresh,” he said without revealing what kept technology providers away from bidding. He was also tight-lipped about when the work is expected to begin. Additional municipal commissioner Aseem Gupta, however, said the tree count is likely to begin next month.
Reacting to the delay, city’s green activists urged the BMC to show some seriousness towards its duty. “Considering no firm came forward, civic officials should sit together and contemplate over which tender conditions could have evoked such a bleak response,” environment activist Rishi Aggarwal said.
Once it starts, the tree census is to be completed over a period of 12 months. But beginning the work in January will mean it will be affected by monsoon to some extent as cloud cover will influence the use of GIS/GPS technology.
“The delay, therefore, could have been averted. Now, whatever is the situation, the civic body should try to get the best possible job done,” Aggarwal added.
Source: DNA India