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Action planned against projects stopped after GK Shamim arrest

Special Correspondent, Dhaka

The government has decided to take legal action against construction projects that have been suspended after the arrest of SM Golam Kibria Shamim (GK Shamim) as per tender rules. Also, the government will not increase funds once the project is approved. However, it could be revised 30 days after approval of the project. Housing and public works minister SM Rezaul Karim said this while talking to The Independent at his secretariat office yesterday.

The work of about 20 large government construction contracts, involving more than Tk 2,500 crore, which is under the control of the controversial contractor and expelled Juba League leader GK Shamim, owner of GKB and Company (Pvt) Limited, has been almost suspended since September 20 after his arrest for his involvement in the casino business in Dhaka.

In this situation, the PWD authorities have been asked to take legal steps against construction companies, including those of Shamim, immediately so that the work can be completed within the stipulated time. “We had a meeting regarding the PWD projects which have been stopped due to the arrest of the owner of GKB and Company (Pvt) Limited. We discussed procedures and rules of the tender documents today (Wednesday). We have decided to take legal measures as per rules of tender agreements,” SM Rezaul Karim said.

According to the minister, as per the rules, if a construction company fails to continue its work for 28 days consecutively, it will be served notices to resume the work immediately. “If it fails to restart the work within the given period, the implementing authorities will have the right to cancel the notification of award. Before cancellation of the work, the authorities will assess the work already completed,” he added.

When asked in which process the remaining work will be started, the minister said: “An experts committee will asses how much work has been done by GKB and Company (Pvt) Limited. The committee will fix the cost of work done. Later, new tenders will be invited to complete the remaining work.”

The owner of GK Builders has already withdrawn a large amount of money without completing the work, PWD sources said. When his attention was drawn to the matter, Rezaul Karim said: “There is no scope to take away extra money without doing the job. The PWD didn’t pay the full amount of the bill submitted by GK Builders even after the work was completed. The money will be adjusted from different projects.”

There are allegations that GK Builders did not maintain quality in the construction work.

“We won’t take possession of the completed buildings if the work does not fulfill the requirement or fails to ensure quality as per tender agreements,” the minister said in reply to another query.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) submitted a report regarding prevention of institutional corruption to the minister yesterday (Wednesday).

It is learnt that the ACC report reveals that corruption has taken place in 15 sources in different departments under the housing and public works ministry.

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