All infrastructure construction and maintenance projects of the Government of Kerala are executed through contracting and hence Contractors are having a distinct and important part to play as far as the infrastructure parlance of the State is concerned. Public Works Department is the prominent engineering department of the State which formulates the public works and contract related matters of the State which is followed by other State Government Departments and organizations. PRICE software initiative of the Public Works Department is aimed at the total computerization of all activities of the Department for Works or Project Management. PRICE software is used by the departmental officers for their work management related activities online. Since, the implementation of works or projects are through contractors, there was a pertinent need to have an online platform for contractors also through which the contractors can also manage their contract related matters with the departments through the online medium. Based on this , the Public Works Policy -2018 of the PWD envisages the development and implementation of a online portal for contractors which is named as Contractors Portal. Through this portal each and every contractor of the State can view and manage their Government works related activities after registration and login to the system. The Contractors can also do their contract license related matters through this system.
Government bids or tenders for infrastructure construction and maintenance project requires that the contractor or bidder should have registered in a required category with any of the contractor registration & licensing authorities of the State or Central Government. Public Works Department, Irrigation Department and LSGD Engineering Department of the Kerala Government are authorized to register Contractors and issue contractor license in different categories depending upon work experience and financial capabilities of the Contractor. Contractor portal provides facilities for applying for a contractor license to any of these departments. Contractors can also apply for renewal and upgradation of their already taken contractor license through the portal. Online payment facility is also integrated with this portal.
A Contractor who has taken work in Kerala PWD is to have registered in the Contractor portal to view his works with PWD and do the official requirements for awarding and executing the works. Depending upon the prevailing Government rules and guidelines , contractors can do their tender acceptance negotiations, get letter of acceptance, do site take over, record measurements(for works above 5 Crores), measurement acceptance, bill views , time extension applications and approvals, payment of fee or fines etc online through contractors portal. The contractor can view and track the status of his requests and applications through this system. This system aims to bring transparency and accountability in the execution of public works.
PRICE Project Management unit,
Public Work Department,
Government of kerala,
Public Office Building,
Opp. Museum Thiruvananthapuram,
Price Project Manager