How did a controversial Chinese company get a contract to build Fast Track? « Khabarhub

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Fast Track under construction/file photo

KATHMANDU: In what can only be described as yet another criminal act, the Nepalese Army (NA) has awarded the contract for the sixth batch of the Kathmandu-Tarai-Madhesh highway (expressway) under construction by the AN at China First Highway Engineering, a controversial Chinese outsourcing company.

On November 11, the Nepal Army issued a Letter of Intent (LoI) to China First Highway Engineering, which was disqualified in the global tender.

In the Letter of Intent, it was stated: “This is to inform you that we intend to award the contract for the execution of the ‘Construction of the Standard Dual Lane Dual Lane Expressway, bridge, slope, stabilization, interchange, toll plaza, and Allied Works….up to you because your offer price NPR 18,080,627,975.67 as corrected and amended in accordance with the instructions in bidders is hereby selected as the lowest substantially responsive evaluated bid.

Earlier, when the global tender was launched under Package 6, and out of the total 12 construction companies that submitted their proposals, five companies were selected, of which China First Highway Engineering was not listed on the list.

Since the tender was launched on May 18, the Nepal Army had written a letter to the five companies that adopted the technical proposal on August 16, asking them to open the financial proposal on August 31.

Meanwhile, China First Highway Engineering Company, despite being rejected, filed a complaint with the Government Procurement Review Board, claiming that it was unfair not to be allowed to participate in the appeal. of offers.

This led to the postponement of the financial proposal on August 31 due to what was described as “manipulation of power centers” from the side of Chinese society.

It was also revealed that the Government Procurement Review Committee sent a letter to the AN asking it to allow China First Highway Engineering Company to participate in the tender.

Sources also claim that after the company filed an appeal with the Public Procurement Review Commission, the NA gave the letter of intent to the controversial Chinese company under pressure from the chairman of the commission. , Mohan Krishna Sapkota.

The companies, which were dismissed, are preparing to appeal to court against the decision of the Public Procurement Review Commission.

The controversial China First Highway Engineering Company has submitted a financing proposal of Rs 18 billion 786 million, while on the other hand, the Indian Afcons Infrastructure Limited has submitted a proposal of Rs 19 billion 99 million 49 million.

Similarly, China Overseas Engineering Company Limited, China Railway No. 2 Engineering Group Company submitted a proposal of Rs 20 billion 46 million 86 million and Sino Hydro Corporation Limited, Power China Chengdu Engineering Corporation Limited offered Rs 22 billion 16 million 84 million .

Similarly, China State Construction Engineering Company offered Rs 27.58 billion and Polichangda Engineering Company Rs 42.8 billion or 14 million rupees.

The Chinese, who was not even technically competent, was asked to submit a request for review to the Government Procurement Review Committee, and the tender was awarded on the basis of influence or pressure.

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