|Fishy rural electrification
By Munza Mushtaq
The Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises
(COPE) has rapped top officials of the power and energy ministry
over a controversial decision taken by a tender committee on a
Swedish funded rural electrification project, which disqualified
the lowest bidder, and instead recommended that the deal be
awarded to either the second or the third highest bidder.
The Nation learns that the issue was brought to the notice of
COPE after the lowest bidder, a Chinese company was disqualified
on grounds that the company had failed to impress in their
application that they are agreeable to using 30% of the
machinery needed for the project of Swedish origin.
“Out of the three companies, only a local company had fallen in
line with the condition, but instead of recommending only the
local company, the committee has recommended that the tender can
even be awarded to the highest bidder (another foreign company),
which like the Chinese company had failed to fall in line on the
machinery condition,” sources noted.
According to the price difference, if the government goes ahead
in awarding the tender to this highest bidder, it will end up
paying a staggering approximately Rs. 900 million more.
Sources also pointed out that the committee had noted that as
this third company had not impressed upon their machinery
details, they too cannot be chosen. “If this company can be
chosen, then so can the Chinese company,” the source pointed