IRCTC responded late on catering contract: OC

Last Updated: Aug 21, 2010, 20:23 PM IST

New Delhi: Initially the Commonwealth Games
Organising Committee had considered giving the whole catering
contract to Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation
as cost-cutting measure but the proposal could not materialise
as IRCTC made inordinate delay in responding, the OC said
on Saturday.

"In the first tender it was proposed that everybody will
be served hot meals during the Games, but the cost for that
was estimated Rs 700-800 per head, which was not only
unbearable but also unjustified," OC Joint Director General
Sanjiv Mittal told a press conference here.

"Then we scrapped the tender and considered the name of
IRCTC, but they did not understand our requirements and
delayed to respond," he added.

Following months of delay and a controversial cancelling
of bids, the OC yesterday awarded contracts for the catering
services to four different companies, with IRCTC bagging only
one cluster.

The OC also assured that the kitchen for the quadrennial
event will be ready by September 16 and it would prepare as
many as 36,000 meals per day during the Games.

"The kitchen would be ready by September 16," said OC
Special Director General G G Thomas, who was also present on
the occasion.

The catering for the lounges has been divided into total
of eight clusters. Two clusters have been awarded to Graviss
Hospitality Pvt Ltd for Rs 5.94 crore, IRCTC has got contract
for Rs 1.70 crore for one cluster and remaining five have been
awarded to Seven Seas Pvt Ltd for Rs 6.29 crore.

PTI

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