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Electrification project before COPE

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 an 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 out.

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