VIJAYAWADA: Price bids for temporary secretariat will be finalised on February 7 instead of February 10 as announced earlier.
The two companies - L&T and Shapoorji Pallonji - which are bidding for the project estimated to cost `180 crore, are said to have quoted more than the set price of `3000 per square feet plus taxes. “We are yet to finalise the bids and if the two companies bidding for the project fail to quote less than the set price, we will go for retendering. Instead of 21 days time, 14 days time would be given,” he said.
According to sources, L&T had bid for less for two of the three packages and Shapoorji Pallonji had bid less for one package. However, both the bids are far higher than the set price and in all likelihood the government might go for retendering for the project, further delaying the construction of the secretariat.
Tenders were called for three packages (2 lakh square feet each) of `60 crore each and each package will comprise two buildings each. The total plinth area of the six buildings, which will be constructed on G+1 model, will be 6 lakh sq ft. However, the foundation of those buildings and design will be on G+7 basis.
If the government plans for relocation of secretariat by June 15 have to materialize, the project has to be completed within four months time.
It seems, government plans might not materialise as expected and there could be considerable delay in shifting of the secretariat from Hyderabad to Amaravati.