MTDC floats tender for the development of solar park in Manipur

The Manipur Tribal Development Corporation Limitedhas floated a tender to invite developers to construct the Bukpi solar park in Pherzawl, Manipur. The project is estimated to cost Rs 22.62 million and will have to be completed within 6 months of awarding the contract. Prospective bidders must submit an earnest money deposit of Rs 452,000 and the deadline for submission of bids is February 5, 2021.

To be eligible, the bidder must have completed similar works in the last five years.  Additionally, the bidder must have completed at least three similar works of at least 30 per cent of the cost of the project, or two similar works of at least 40 per cent of the project cost of one similar work costing at least 70 per cent of the current project cost. The bidders must also have an annual financial turnover of at least 30 per cent of the project’s cost in the last three financial years cost. Further, they must not have recorded losses in two of the last five financial years ending on March 31, 2020.

The states in the northeast of India have faced delays in renewable energy deployment due to topographical constraints. However, in recent months, there has been some progress. In December 2020,  the Manipur Renewable Energy Development Agency floated a tender to develop 100 MW of grid-connected solar power projects at Jiribam in Manipur with a ceiling tariff of Rs 3 per kWh. In November 2020, The Meghalaya Power Distribution Corporation Limited had floated a tender for the development of a 50 MW off-grid rooftop solar power projects in sites across the state.

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