BANGALORE: After several ‘unsuccessful attempts’ to find workers to paint the city’s walls, it looks like the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike’s last resort will be the Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Limited (KRIDL). In the past one-and-half-years, the BBMP floated tenders four times but met no success. “The first three times, no agency or artist turned up for the bid. However, when we called for tenders in January, two participants came forward. We are yet to zero in on the agency,” sources from BBMP said. Meanwhile, BBMP Commissioner M K Shankaralinge Gowda had issued a circular on January 12, this year, directing the Joint Commissioner and Additional Commissioners of each zone to call for tenders under Karnataka Transparency in Public Procurement Act.
He had also mentioned that the amount should not exceed `10 lakh for outer zonal areas and `15 lakh for central zonal areas. Although it’s been more than a month, officials have failed to call for tenders. BBMP Joint Commissioner (East) Shivashankar confirmed that so far the officials had not called for tenders.
Shankarlinge Gowda, however, had a different version. “We have called for the tender. If no one comes forward or if we do not find suitable participant, we might make certain changes or relax the tender and give it to the KRIDL,” he said.