PWD Qualifies 3 Large Contractors for Manora Hostel Redevelopment; the final offer for the employment contract will be launched in the next 10 days

The Public Works Department (PWD) has qualified three leading companies – L&T, Tata and Shapoorji Pallonji to carry out the redevelopment of the Manora Hostel at Nariman Point for MLAs and MLCs. Last year, in September, it launched a tender inviting interested companies for pre-qualification, from which the PWD expected to select the most efficient and competitive. He is the executing authority of the project.

The Manora MLA hostel redevelopment project is set at Rs 900 crore.

According to a PWD official who did not wish to be named, confirmed and said: “Now a tender will be issued, with the lowest bid amount quoted by any of these three companies will be awarded the contract. The final tender for the works will be published within the next 10 days.” The redevelopment project will be carried out according to the EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) model.

The Free Press Journal reported on the Manora MLA Hostel redevelopment project from the start. The PWD had re-invited the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) tender following a cold response it had received during the first attempt. Additionally, the earnest money deposit had been reduced to Rs 2.5 crore (0.25%) from the previously proposed Rs 4.5 crore (0.5%) of the total project cost.

Furthermore, the PWD had sent a revised Floor Space Index (FSI) proposal to the Mumbai Metropolitan Area Development Authority (MMRDA) in August last year. Since the latter is the planning authority of the region. The official was quoted at the time as follows: “Almost 40% of the MLA Inn land falls under CRZ jurisdiction. For this area, according to CRZ standards, an FSI of 1.33% is acceptable. For the rest of the 60%, 5.4% of the ISF is acceptable. Therefore, a revised proposal has been sent.”

The redevelopment of the MLA hostel was first proposed in 2018. 14-storey towers were demolished in 2019 by the previously named agency, National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC), which is a central public sector contractor . The NBCC was supposed to carry out the project but did not do so due to lack of CRZ authorizations. Later in 2020, the project was officially handed over to the PWD.

According to the proposed redevelopment plan, two high-rise towers, one with 25 floors and the other with 45 floors, will be built. In addition, there will be a clinic and a shop, three dining halls, an air-conditioned yoga hall, a gymnasium, a library, a mini-theater, a conference hall and two canteens will be developed.

Meanwhile, the state government has provided a rent of Rs 50,000/apartment for MPs. The manager had explained that when the Manora MLA hostel building existed, everyone used to have two apartments. However, now such is not the case. Therefore, if an MLA is allocated an apartment, they receive rent of Rs 50,000. If no room has been provided, they receive Rs 1 lakh as rent (the rent of two apartments). Out of these, Rs 15,000 and Rs 30,000 as tax are deducted, respectively. Rent disbursement started from March 2019, following the demolition of the hostel structure.

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Posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 9:47 PM IST

Linda G. Ibarra