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MC to float tender for oxygen concentrators again as only 1 of 6 firms found eligible

The Chandigarh municipal corporation has rejected five firms, out of the total six, which had applied for supplying 80 oxygen concentrators to the civic body at a cost of around Rs1 crore.

Since only one firm has been found eligible in the received tender process, the committee of the officers decided to re-advertise the entire tender process to get more firms for better competition.

The civic body had kept a criteria that the successful firm or company must have distributed at least 64 oxygen concentrators, which is 80% of the total order of the civic body authority and except one company, none was found fulfilling the criteria. Moreover, it has also been found during the scrutiny of the documents that a couple of companies did not distribute even a single oxygen concentrator on their own anywhere.

“One company was found to have distributed masks, sanitisers and other such things, but no oxygen concentrators to anybody and similarly another company also did not have any experience delivering the same. One firm had given less number of oxygen concentrators than our criteria of 80%, therefore, only one firm was found eligible, which had given over 1,300 oxygen concentrators. But as single tender cannot be considered, we are left with no option, but to recall the tender again,” said a senior official.

Each oxygen concentrator should be 10 litre and the specifications and other related technical details have been formulated by a committee led by joint municipal commissioner.

Besides the officers of the MC, a senior doctor, a representative of the health department of the Chandigarh administration has also been involved in the committee for medical advice. ToI