After receiving plenty of flak for not completing projects on time, the body will develop an online system where project engineers will update status of projects daily

In an effort to monitor and ensure better quality of its projects, apart from ensuring that the projects are completed within the stipulated period of time, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) is trying to develop an Online Reporting System (ORS). Project engineers will update the status of their projects daily, and MSRDC officials will have access to it.

The body last week floated a tender to develop and maintain such a system, and the successful bidder will be finalised within two months time.

According to sources, the step is being taken after the body came in for severe criticism for the poor quality of roads and flyovers under its jurisdiction. Officials also want to ensure that the projects are completed on time.
Some of its projects, like the development of a water transport system connecting Nariman Point to Borivli and the extension of the Bandra-Worli Sealink to Haji Ali have been in limbo for a long time. No work has started on these projects, despite the tender for the water transport system being awarded to a developer in 2002 and the Sealink, last year.

About 25 projects that are currently underway or in the pipeline will come under this new system.

According to an MSRDC official, who requested anonymity as he is not allowed to speak to media, "We have invited tenders from interested bidders to develop the Online Reporting Systems (ORS). Using it, we will be able to keep a tab on the projects on a day-to-day basis. This will help us in speedy implementation of the projects."

To ensure that a top quality ORS is built, all bidders will need to have developed the system for at least three organisations and the projects should have been worth at least Rs 30,000 crore. Also they need to have a minimum experience of three years in the implementation of the system.

MSRDC Vice Chairman Bipin Srimali was unavailable for comment.