Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy proved his critics wrong in the reverse tendering for the Polavaram Project. His efforts have paid dividends finally, bringing down the project cost in one single package by 15.60 per cent and saving over Rs 59 crore to the State exchequer. He proved everyone wrong.
The national media, the opposition leaders, the Polavaram Project Authority and the Union Water Resources Minister were all up in arms against the chief minister on the reverse tendering. They all feared that the contractors would run away from the State or would quote higher price or the project would get into legal trouble. The national media had carried editorials against the move fearing that Jaganmohan Reddy is destroying what was built by his predecessor, Chandrababu Naidu.
The Polavaram Project Authority and the Union Water Resources Minister have written letters to the State government to withdraw the proposal. They have openly criticised the government and the chief minister for going forward on the reverse tendering. The Polavaram Project Authority had given clean chit to the main contractor, the Navayuga Group, and other small contractors for successfully executing the work. They were happy with the progress and did not want Jaganmohan Reddy to stop or delay the works in the name of tendering.
However, standing firm on his decision, Jaganmohan Reddy went for the reverse tendering. It was for the 65th package for which reverse tendering was finalised on Friday, where the government could save Rs 58.53 crore this time. There were six bidders and Hyderabad’s Max Infra (I) limited, which was already doing the same work but was cancelled by this government, had secured the contract bringing down the cost from Rs 290 crore to Rs 231.46 crore this time. This was a big success for the Jaganmohan Reddy leadership and his government as this had become a reality proving the critics wrong.
Hours before the reverse tenders were finalised, Chandrababu Naidu alleged that the reverse tendering is a farce and would be a big failure. He further alleged that the Chief Minister was intending to give the contract to his own persons for higher rate through backdoor and make money. But, these charges were proved wrong by the evening, when the officials have finalised the tenders.