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NEW DELHI: In an unusual decision, the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) has awarded the contract for construction of the Executive Enclave in the Central Vista revamp plan to Larsen and Toubro (L&T), though the lowest bidder was NEC Infra, a Hyderabad-based firm. The CPWD awarded the project to L&T after it matched the price quoted by the NEC, sources said.
TOI on September 10 had first reported that the government could give the project to the second lowest bidder (L&T), but for that the construction major needed to match the cost that the lowest bidder or L1 had quoted. The work order for the prestigious project was issued almost four months after the CPWD had opened the financial bids.
Tweeting the decision more than a week after it was taken, the CPWD on Thursday said, “The CPWD awarded the contract for construction of Executive Enclave, New Delhi, to Larsen and Toubro Ltd at 10.44% below the estimated cost put to tender, amounting to Rs 1,189 crore on November 15, 2022. The construction firm is required to complete the work within 24 months.”
Interestingly, till Tuesday, the CPWD website was showing that the evaluation of bids was “under process”. The agency said the contract was awarded “after consultation with stakeholders and consideration of strategic issues involved”.
Earlier this year the CPWD had cancelled the tendering process after opening the financial bids in which Delhi-based Ahluwalia Contracts had quoted the lowest price. The government justified this cancellation citing that there was a need to add new works to the project. In the second round of bidding Ahluwalia did not put its bid.
The Executive Enclave will come up on the south of South Block and will include the Prime Minister’s Office, a conference centre named India House, the Cabinet Secretariat and the National Security Council Secretariat.

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