DEO Vinod Rao had invited tenders from local decorators and logistical service providers on November 2 and sought item rates for tables, chairs, lighting, bedding etc at polling stations of 13 constituencies in the district and counting centres. Sealed tenders were to be opened on November 16.
However, on November 14, one Jatin Mithawala complained to the DEO that decorating and logistical service providers of the city had formed a ring and quoted around 80 per cent higher than normal item rates.
Acting on the complainant, the DEO deferred the date of opening of the tenders to November 20, and after a meeting of tender scrutiny committee late on Tuesday, Rao ordered scrapping of the tendering process. “Somebody was raising a complaint (against the sealed tenders). We did not want the issue to turn into a controversy hence we decided to cancel the process. We have (now) decided to go for e-tendering and the process would be completed within 10 days,” Rao told The Indian Express.