For the estimated Rs 250 crore project, 17 firms participated in the pre-bid meeting and expressed to construct flats.
A senior RHB official said, “The process to finalise the firm will be completed by mid–March. The final date to submit the bid is March 2. Following this, on March 8, the technical bid will be evaluated. The financial bid of qualified firms will be opened on March 15. The appointed firm will have to complete the construction work in 30 months,” the official said.
The RHB has also started acclaiming the land on which these apartments will be constructed. Out of 54, the board has taken possession and demolished 50 bungalows of MLAs. The RHB has proposed to construct an eight-storey building in the periphery of the legislative assembly to accommodate 160 MLAs.
Each flat will measure 3,200 square feet and comprise four bedrooms, one drawing room, a kitchen and a one room for domestic help. As per the previous design, the JDA had proposed 176 flats. However, the idea did not go well with the committee which is overseeing the project as the open area was less.
Now, 16 flats have been reduced in the project to develop a central lawn measuring 36,000 square metre. In the project, the RHB has earmarked parking for 1,200 vehicles and a 12-room guest house. RHB has been appointed as the nodal agency for constructing MLA apartments.
An official said the revenue earned after selling the land at Lal Kothi and Jalupura will be utilised to construct the apartments. Sources said, considering the project as a special case, the 28-metre building has been proposed against the 15-metre rule mentioned in the building bylaws.
“The design has received in-principal approval and a meeting was called to discuss on the proposal. Any decision will now be taken on the UDH minister’s call,” sources said.
At present, the RHB has proposed to construct the apartment till the base height of the dome. This proposal needs a clearance from the government.