Haryana to follow PPP model for new storage facilities

Written by Preeti Parashar | Chandigarh | Updated: Mar 11 2011, 05:55am hrs
Out of the 39.65 lakh metric tonne of storage space to be constructed at 30 locations in Haryana, about 4.67 lakh metric tonnes (LMT) has been allotted at seven places so far. The warehouses will come up at Kurukshetra, Bhiwani, Faridabad, Palwal, Hisar, Adampur and Kaithal.

The warehouses will be developed under the PPP mode under the aegis of the central government scheme called the private entrepreneur guarantee scheme. These warehouses are expected to be ready within a year. The state government has appointed Haryana State Cooperative Supply and Marketing Federation (Hafed) as the nodal agency for getting the warehouses constructed.

The Food Corporation of India (FCI) is looking after the project and will provide a ten year guarantee of hiring the godowns. Hafed will also be managing these warehouses and receiving service charges from FCI.

A senior FCI official apprised FE about the status of the project, Tenders were called for around 39.65 LMT of space and the response was thrice the requirement. The tenders inviting expressions of interest had been floated on August 21 and technical bids were opened on September 17. The tenders were submitted for 1.21 crore tonnes of space.

After scrutinising the documents, the state level committee (SLC) forwarded the proposals to the high level committee (HLC).

A few issues came up like submission of quotations in quintals rather than metric tonnes; passing of high tension wires over few areas; flood proneness of the areas; road connectivity etc. Only seven centers had no discrepancies and about 2.44 LMT of space was allotted at these centers.

He further added that counter offers were made to those parties who quoted prices above the selected ones and after scrutiny about 2.23 LMT of space was allotted to them by the high level committee.

The HLC also considered the issues raised and asked the SLC to resolve them, the official said.

The SLC meeting was held recently and two more centers were approved for allotment of space. Jakhal was one center for which no offers came. The SLC has proposed to HLC for re-tendering of two centers and further construction of 21.80 LMT at 18 locations, the official added.