THIRUVANATHAPURAM: The state-level high-powered steering committee (HPSC) of Smart Cities Mission chose Infrastructure Development Corporation Karnataka Ltd (iDeCK) as the consultant for preparing the Smart City Proposal (SCP) for the corporation. iDeCK is a joint venture between the government of Karnataka (GoK), Infrastructure Development Finance Company Ltd (IDFC) and Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd (HDFC).
Eight firms had responded to corporation’s invite for RFP. Six firms came up for presentation and three firms; iDeCK, CRISIL Risk and Infrastructure Solutions Ltd and ICRA Management Consulting Services were shortlisted for the final stage. The firms were judged based on team composition, work plan, urban experience in the state, approach and methodology. Approach and methodology carried the maximum weightage of 60 marks. ICRA was earlier chosen to prepare the SCP for Kochi.
iDeCK submitted the lowest financial bid of Rs 24.67 lakh as consultancy fee. CRISIL and ICRA quoted Rs 44.85 and Rs 51.175 lakhs respectively. The consultancy fee was fixed at Rs 40 lakh in RFP. The state mission management unit had evaluated the documents of firms and checked if the documents complied with the conditions mandated in RFP. The selection of consultancy has put an end to a controversy over the process, following which corporation had raised dissent with the mission management unit. HPSC had asked corporation to redo the selection of consultancy after raising objections on addendum and citing that three firms based in Kerala were not intimated to submit RFP.
According to the minutes of HPSC meeting on November 2, the evaluation committee report had stated that the addendum published was incomplete. However, the mayor and corporation secretary clarified that the addendum was approved by the technical committee constituted by corporation to guide the smart city challenge process.
The mayor had expressed his displeasure, saying that the process error should have been notified earlier as the corporation had submitted a review report to the government a month ago eventually leading to delay the consultant selection and proposal preparation. HPSC then decided to go for retendering and decided to reconstitute the evaluation committee to include a member from finance department by replacing urban planner, SMMU
The officials of state mission were even directed not to collaborate with corporation in the selection process after the civic body openly raised objection to state mission after it was asked to start the selection of consultancy from scratch.
Credits ET Realty