BMC Standing Committee rejects proposal for redevelopment of Sion Hospital

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Standing Committee rejected the proposal for redevelopment of Sion Hospital citing technical issues

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One of the city's biggest municipal hospital, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital will soon be redeveloped. However, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Standing Committee rejected the proposal for the redevelopment project on September 16, Monday.

Known more commonly as Sion Hospital, the proposal for its redevelopment was rejected due to 'technical issues'. The proposal has been sent back to be corrected and will be re-presented to the Standing Committee today.

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The redevelopment will come at an estimated cost of ₹672.55 crore which will ensure that the hospital is turned in a three-storey building. Alongside, the project also consists construction of a nursing college, residential buildings for hospital staff and doctors.

The contract for the project has been handed over to one Ahluwalia Contracts which was the lowest bidder for the project. However, their bid exceeded the estimated cost set up by BMC by 10 per cent.  Due to which, the opposition leaders have shown protest against the increased prices. 

The councillors stated that the municipal corporation should have negotiated with the concerned party before blatantly accepting the increased estimate. After which, the Standing Committee sent back the proposal for re-verification.

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