New Delhi: After months of delay and a controversial cancelling of bids, the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee on Friday awarded contracts for the catering services to four different companies, asserting that the lowest bidders have clinched the deal.
"The catering for the lounges has been divided into total of eight clusters. Two clusters have been awarded to Graviss Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. for Rs 5.94 crore, while IRCTC has got the contract for Rs 1.70 crore for one cluster and remaining five have been awarded to Seven Seas Pvt. Ltd. for Rs 6.29 crore," the OC said in a statement.
"Food packets for Organising Committee workforce, volunteers and security personnel will be taken care of by AFP Manufacturing Pvt. Ltd. at a cost of Rs 8.75 crores," it added.
For the 17 venues divided into clusters for catering contracts, seven firms, including a few of Delhi's fast food outlets had submitted their bids.
The tendering process had suffered delays in the past two months after the OC cancelled the bids that it had received earlier to reissue the tender for better rates.
The OC said it has also roped in two firms to oversee the quality of food at the venues.
"To ensure high quality and hygiene, the Organising Committee has proactively engaged TQS Global Manufacturing Systems and TUVSUD, South Asia for Food Safety and Audit.
"The firms will supervise and ensure safety audit checks for the entire food, production and distribution process including the kitchen distribution mechanism. This contract was worth Rs 88.24 lakh," the OC statement said.
"All the catering contracts have been awarded to the lowest bidder in respective categories," the OC insisted.
The catering for the Games Village has already been awarded to an Australian firm Delaware North, which has the Taj SATS as its consortium partner.
"The kitchen at the Village is under installation and will be functional by the first week of September," the OC said. PTI