Hyderabad: The AP government is spending huge amounts of money on engaging consultants for building Amaravati. The Capital Region Development Authority has been hiring consultants for every piece work. At present, it has 10 consultants. CRDA has now proposed one more consultant for programme management for 1112 crore for three years. Among the three bidders – Aecom Asia in joint venture with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ch2MHill Inter-national and Turner Construction Company – Ch2MHill Company was selected after technical and financial evolution.
Requesting the state government’s approval for the appointment of Ch2MHill as PMC, the CRDA said it is expected to bring strength to the organisation. CRDA in a note to the state government said it has leadership with substantial experience in delivering large scale projects across the world, technical expertise to support in decision making, reviewing plans, designs , reviewing development works and other activities, management expertise to oversee the programme including monitoring , risk management, procurement , supply chain management and others.
With the PMC, substantial responsibility of the Amaravati project can be shared by the experienced 45 membered, two-layered professional team, which would bring strong execution capabilities. At the same time as an alternative, CRDA suggested setting up an In-house Programme Management wing. This wing could house a mix of in-house talent recruited from market and multiple technical consultants engaged on need basis. This approach may cut costs and help engaging multiple firms with expertise in respective domains, instead of relying on only one, CRDA said adding that this approach, however, has coordination challenges.