PM for newcomers to bid for public contracts  

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:27, Nov 06,2019 | Updated: 00:33, Nov 06,2019


Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday gave an instruction to prepare tender documents in such a way that no particular bidder won contracts repeatedly.

She said that scopes should be created for newcomers to enter into the field while presiding over a meeting of the executive committee of the National Economic Council at the planning commission.

Planning minister MA Mannan briefed reporters about PM’s directives after the ECNEC meeting at the same venue.

Mannan said that the PM also wanted the authorities to construct ‘cable-strength bridges’ across small rivers to avoid erection of too many pillars.

The PM observed that the pillars obstructed navigability of the rivers, said the planning minister, adding that the PM also wanted that the construction of bridges should not hamper the movement of the vessels.

The PM further observed that loops of many rivers should be cut to make the rivers straight at particular places.

The PM also issued a directive to identify the finished projects which could not come into operation because of manpower and other reasons, Mannan said.

He disclosed that six proposals involving Tk 4,447.76 crore were approved by the ECNEC on the day.

Of them, the physical protection system for the under-construction Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant will cost Tk 3,449.05 crore.

The project to be implemented by the Army with technical assistance from Russia will be completed by March 2023.

The planning minister said that the main objectives of the project included ensuring a security system of the country’s first nuclear power station in Ishwardi.

A protocol signed between Bangladesh and Russia last year paved the way for undertaking the project.

The project implementation agency will acquire 300 acres of land, construct 50,305 square metres of patrol road and procure consultancy services for the project.

The nuclear power plant project is the most expensive ever project in Bangladesh costing over US$ 12 billion.

The power plant has been built with financial and technical assistance from Russia and one of the plant’s two reactors is expected to be commissioned in 2023.

The other projects the ECNEC approved included improvement of Jessore-Monirampur-Keshabpur-Chuknagar regional highway at a cost of Tk 366 by 2021, construction of two bridges at cost of Tk 71 crore under the Feni-Sonagazi-Muhuri road project and construction of a road between Ekatabazar and BNS Sheikh Hasina in Cox’s Bazar at a cost of Tk 361 crore.

Another project worth Tk 120 crore was approved, which was aimed at checking erosion on both sides of the River Surma in Sylhet.

Besides, the ECNEC also approved an upward revision of the cost for constructing the 13-storey ‘Parjatan Building’ at Agargaon to Tk 79 crore from Tk 62 crore.

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