Thursday, 19 August 2010

Catering contract for Commonwealth Games venue finalized

The Commonwealth Games organising committee (OC) has decided on the caterers for the various venues of the Delhi Games 2010. The decision comes after a series of RFPs (request for proposal) were carried out and rejected after selecting bidders. The OC had finally shortlisted a list of catering firms including Aggarwal Foods earlier last week, which was approved by the executive board on Thursday. Besides Aggarwal Foods, several other companies including Graviss hospitality have been chosen to cater at the VIP lounge in the Commonwealth Games 2010 venues.

Confirming the deal, Lalit Bhanot, secretary general of the OC said, "The executive board approved the OC's suggestion of hiring M/S AFP manufacturing private limited for the catering of our workforce. The caterers for the VIP lounge at the venues has also been chosen." Incidentally, the deal is worth Rs 9 crore. According to Bhanot, the decision to hire M/s AFP was taken as it offered the lowest bid. The packaged meal being provided by M/s AFP will cost around Rs 80-90, considerably lower than that quoted by IRCTC, which was the earlier choice for catering as per the old tender. IRCTC had at that time, offered a packaged meal at Rs 150.

Added Bhanot, "The quality and cost of the meal was the best offer that we had received, so we decided to go with the AFP offer." The packaged meal is for the OC workforce that includes volunteers, staff and security personnel.

The catering contract comes after months of delay. The first tender was taken out as early as in June 4, 2009, when the expression of interest by OC was released. On June 27, 2009, 25 companies responded out of which, 13 companies qualified. Thereafter, the tender was delayed after changes in the RFP, with OC finally deciding to re-tender in March 2010. In May, six firms were selected, which again got cancelled. On July 24, the OC came out with yet another tender, this time with the contract broken into packaged meals for the workforce and hot meals for the VIP lounge at the various venues.


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