The “Certified Vendor” logo and seal for the country’s first construction industry database, was launched at a function in New Delhi on Friday 12th June 2015. At the 2nd Task force Meeting & Stakeholders’ Consultation for the CIDC Construction Industry Database (CCID) CIDC announced that to shore up the existing 86 verified vendors and over 200 applicants, the vendor registration programme has been opened for applications till 20th June 2015. The registrations process shall be made open every quarter and the registrations shall be valid for one year with the provision of renewal every year.
This database is being created to save time being spent on pre-qualification of vendors in various categories. As the vendors on this database are verified by a special team set up for the purpose, the final listing of any entity will take place only after the receiving the evaluation team’s report after site inspection. The team not only assesses the vendors but also advises them on what measures should be taken to secure a position in the list or to raise themselves to a higher category.
The process includes floating of Notice inviting Expression of Interest, Submission of application in prescribed formats along with relevant annexures, Conduct of interviews, Site inspections and management interactions, Presentation of report to the Jury and Fixing of Category listing based on Jury Recommendations.
Welcoming the move, the stakeholders, including the Central Public Works Corporation (CPWD). Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC), National Council for Cement & Building Materials (NCCBM), and Engineering Projects India Limited (EPI) pledged support for the initiative and volunteered to share their own databases to make the master list more robust. They also suggested that the list include skilled manpower banks, equipment owners and companies with disaster management capabilities. They also called for sorting the database to categorize vendors into 1, 2, and 3 according to their technical and financial capability. A strong case was also made to include in the list, specialist construction companies or consultants.
Already there has been a clause inserted into the work tender of the Development Commissioner Economic Zone in Mumbai to ask for CIDC empaneled vendors for the Electrical consultant for establishment of Solar Power Plants in SEEPZ to gain a 10/100 advantage. A Bhutan delegation has also asked the CIDC to help them suggest qualified vendors and construction companies for their energy sector requirements.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr S P S Bakshi, CMD, EPI, extolled the virtues of a centralized procurement master list of vendors and suppliers for various construction projects and urged the various stakeholders to come forward with ideas an inputs to scale up this initiative which promises to offer multiple benefits for both project owners and suppliers of goods and services alike.
Project Owners in the construction industry spend large amounts of resources in the process of finding appropriate vendors of products and services. Since each Project Owner spends the money separately from others, there is a duplication of efforts and wastage of precious time and money.
With this VRP, CIDC is establishing a central data-base for suppliers of all types of Products and Services from India and abroad to avoid multiple efforts for the same work by various stakeholders’ and create a National Database of vendors and suppliers.