September 30, 2020

Nigam outreach to other states

Patna: Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam Ltd is still trying for work outside the state, taking part in open bids for projects around the country.

The government allowed the Nigam to bid for projects outside Bihar since last year, sources said, based on its success rate in the state. It recently submitted tenders for projects in Jharkhand and Maharashtra, worth a total of Rs 1386.43 crore.

Road construction minister Nand Kishore Yadav said: “The Nigam had submitted tender for flyover construction in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, four-lane roads in Madhya Pradesh, and roads in Haryana but was not awarded the contract because of not being the lowest bidder.”

The Nigam was formed in 1974 with the objective to build bridges. In its first 30 years, it notched up losses of Rs 30 crore, and the government filed a petition for bankruptcy. When Nitish Kumar took charge of the state in 2005, the Nigan got a new lease of life – especially after Pratyaya Amrit, now principal secretary of energy department, took charge as Nigam chairman in 2006.

The organisation completed 1,700 projects including roads and bridges. Its annual turnover is Rs 1,600 crore and sources in the Nigam said so far, it has completed projects of least Rs 10,000 crore.

“The Nigam is emerging as one of the strongest pillars of the Bihar government and is taking up projects outside Bihar too,” Nand Kishore told The Telegraph. “It has taken up work of the National Highways Authority of India to construct 3km road in Kishanganj worth Rs 129.03 crore, and a Rs 300 crore project for construction of hospital in Muzaffarpur, and a project in Bhagalpur for the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation. It has also got the job to construct medical buildings in other states.”

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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