No takers for bids to build security forces barracks in Saranda forests

Last Updated: Sun, Dec 30, 2012 20:21 hrs

The state-run Jharkhand Police Housing Corporation (JPHC) has failed in getting contractors to build permanent barracks for the security forces in Saranda forests..

In view of repeated attacks on the construction activities that launched under the patronage of the Union rural development ministry, the Union home ministry has ordered for launching Operation Anaconda-11 in the first week of December at Saranda forest areas to wipe out the dens of the Naxals from the forests.

Despite floating several tenders inviting bids from the contractors for the last several months, JPHC could not receive a single bid from the builders to build permanent barracks for the CRPF at Thalkobad, Chotanagra, Kiriburu, Karampada, Jambaiburu,and Chariya, and other places.According to an official of the state-run JPHC, the present work orders placed with the corporation for the permanent barracks for the CRPF is worth over Rs 14 crore. As the corporation failed to receive response from bidders, the tender clauses had also been changed in order to suit to the prospecting bidders, he said.

According to sources from the builders most of the districts of the state are extremists infested areas and for this reason the contractors were not responding to the bids. The local contractors based in East Singhbhum and West Singhbhum districts were afraid of the rebels and would not like to be identified.

The recent attacks in Saranda and adjoining areas by the rebels were also responsible for non-receiving bids for Saranda construction works, they said. JPHC source said if the last bid also fails, the corporation will departmentally take up the assignment.

Official sources said the fresh offensive – Anaconda -11 launched by joint security forces in Saranda in the first week of December will continue for a longer period than a similar offensive – Anconda-1 last year.

The aim of the fresh operation - Anaconda-11 is to restore confidence among the construction workforce who were extremely frightened by the rebels strike on November 26 at Kiriburu block. The rebel torched six earth movers belonged to a road construction firm. After the incident, development work at all the sites in Saranda were badly affected.

The Saranda Development Plan which is the brainchild of the Union minister of rural development has aimed to construct 24 permanent camps for CRPF jawans in Saranda at an estimated cost of Rs 250 crore.

More from Sify: