The people of Mumbai are interested in cleaning and maintaining the local railway stations in the city. For this, the Central Railways invited Expression of Interest (EOI) for station cleaning and maintenance as part of a pilot project.
“Expression of Interest for Cleaning and Maintenance of Ulhasnagar Railway Station of Mumbai and Kolhapur Division, Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Terminus Railway Station of Pune Division has been invited by Central Railway as a project In a pre-tender meeting held at CSMT on August 5, 10 bidders expressed interest,” said an RC official.
“Under this contract, the incumbent shall manage housekeeping/cleaning activities, waste management, pest control, minor repair and maintenance work at stations, daubing and painting, horticulture and landscaping, etc., in accordance with the contractual agreement.the concept are the publicity rights of the station (both inside and outside), payment and use , payment and parking, upgrading/maintenance and management of waiting rooms/dormitories, operation and management of cloakroom, 24/7 passenger convenience store in the station/ traffic area, the operation of a 24/7 food van in the traffic area for the promotion of local cuisine will be awarded through open bidding,” he added.
“At present, there are two types of contracts running in stations, namely revenue and expenditure contracts. Revenue contracts include advertising, payment and use of toilets, payment and parking, management of waiting rooms on a billable basis, etc. Expenditure contracts mainly relate to station cleaning, minor repairs, etc. It is now proposed to combine all the above contracts under one roof by inviting expression of interest followed by open bidding so that the burden of expenditure contracts can be neutralized and net income can also be accrued,” said Shivaji Sutar, Relationship Manager Public CRs.
“For the project to succeed, a high-level committee consisting of four Central Railway officers, including Ity Pandey, Chief Commercial Manager, Neelam Chandra, Dhruvjyoti Sengupta and Rajeev Kumar Mishra held a pre-bid meeting on August 5. at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus attended by ten interested parties,” Sutar further added.
The concept was explained in detail to the participants and various parties suggested to conduct a joint survey of the station so that the real comments regarding the advantages and disadvantages can be highlighted for the successful implementation of the concept and that the same thing has been approved by the committee.
“These ‘station maintenance and gain’ contracts will surely bring better amenities to passengers and also generate revenue for the railways,” a senior railway official said.
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