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Indian firm’s contract extended for 2 years

Update : 30 Nov 2014, 06:51 PM

The cabinet committee on public purchase yesterday approved the extension of an Indian joint venture’s contract for the construction of the Daudkandi-Chittagong portion of the four-lane Dhaka-Chittagong Highway for two years.

The added cost for the project being carried out by the Indian joint venture DevConsultants Ltd now stood at Tk18.94 crore, said  Cabinet Division Joint Secretary Mostafizur Rahman after a meeting of the committee.

According to DevConsultants’ revised proposal, at least 51.47% physical progress has been achieved in constructing 10 packages of the road and 59.2% progress in constructing two bridges.

Two months ago, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader had said the “top priority” project had to face cancellation of tender twice and changes of project director on 11 occasions. The project, however, would still be completed within the government’s tenure.

The duration of the four-lane project has been extended several times, which Obaidul said the project had required. Asked about awarding the job without a tender, Obaidul then said the work on carrying out the remaining construction had been given to an eligible firm.

In a meeting of the parliamentary watchdog concerned in September, he said his ministry would do everything possible to finish the project early. He had also previously told parliament that the project would end by December this year.

Officials at the Roads and Highways Department told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday that disorganised management and tender process had delayed the project worth Tk3,200 crore by at least four years while revisions of the project had also increased the cost by Tk1,000 crore. 

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