BHUBANESWAR: Contractors undertaking civic works in the city can no longer take the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and residents for a ride, nor will they need to grease palms of officials to get their payments cleared.
In yet another e-governance initiative, the civic body is all set to start a contractor and supplier management system (CSMS), which will help monitor progress of work in various projects in a transparent manner, check on contractors' credentials and make payments in a seamless manner.
"We are planning to launch the system after the puja vacation. Work is in an advanced stage of completion," BMC commissioner Sanjib Mishra told TOI.
Under CSMS, the contractor/supplier will be given a unique identification number after registering their details with the BMC, such as name, trade licence, address and bank account number. "They can use the same unique ID for all future business with the BMC. With the ID, BMC can figure out past work records of the contractors and whether they were blacklisted earlier," Mishra said.
A work details portal under the new system will show the work undertaken by contractors in all the 60 wards, its concerned departments in BMC, funds allocated and source of funding.
After completion of a particular work, the system will generate bills after which BMC will transfer the amount to the bank account of the contractor and the supplier concerned.
"This will eliminate unnecessary delay in payment to contractors as the status of work files can be easily known. There will be greater transparency as officials can neither hold payment of those who complete work on time nor show favours to dubious contractors," the commissioner said.
The system shall provide easy storage and retrieval of information and allow daily and periodic monitoring of projects easily. "The latest system will make the job of providing information sought under Right to Information Act easier. It will also make audit process hassle free," Mishra said.
People can also keep an eye on various projects through the system. "One can easily know which ward got maximum funds and which the lowest over a particular period. This will bring transparency in fair distribution of funds across all wards," said Siddharth Pujari, principal consultant of IT project management unit of the civic body.
Contractors have welcomed the move. "If a system ensures payment on time, it will be a big relief for contractors. We are otherwise ready for all kinds of scrutiny of our work," said a contractor.
Recently, the BMC digitalized its letter dispatch system by introducing e-dispatch facility. BMC already offers online registration of marriage, birth, death and booking of water tankers, cesspool emptier and kalyan mandap.