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17 January, 2020 00:00 00 AM
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Water board to blacklist 11 contractors

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, Dhaka

The water resources ministry has decided to blacklist 11 construction firms that were awarded a total of 416 contracts of the Bangladesh Water Development Board (WDB) as they have failed to complete the projects in time.

According to the decision taken by the ministry, from now on, these firms will not get any new WDB contract in the near future. At the same time, they have been given a month’s time to complete at least 30 per cent of their project works which should be visible.

Water resources secretary Kabir Bin Anwar issued the order following a report of the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU), which monitors governmental works. Sources said if these contractors fail to achieve the respective targets within a month, their works would be suspended, and the deposits against the contracts would be confiscated.  The construction firms are: Western Engineering, Hassan and Brothers, M/S Tajul Islam, M/S Mashiur Rahman, SS Engineering and Con, Dolly Construction, Amin and Co., M/S Khandker Shahin, M/S Shamimur Rahman, Yunus and Brothers and M/S Shahid Brothers.

Earlier, the state minister for water

resources, Zaheed Faruque, told this correspondent they are likely to restrict the awarding of contracts under the ministry and its associate bodies to those contractors or firms who have failed to complete their works on time.

According to the CPTU report, the 11 companies were awarded a total of 416 contracts of the WDB. Of these works, progress in 111 was below 30 per cent. Again, just 30 to 45 per cent works of only 53 contracts have been completed and 46 to 67 per cent works of 47 contracts have been completed.

Kabir Bin Anwar told this correspondent that the firms have to show at least 30 per cent physical progress in their works within a month. “If they fail to achieve the target within the stipulated period, their work orders would be suspended and deposits against the contracts would be confiscated,” he added.

“These steps are being taken against the contractors for their unnecessary delays in implementing the projects, which is hampering the country’s development. At the same time, government funds are being misused. The firms has been earlier warned to complete the works instead of renting out their licences, handing over the work orders to others and appointing sub-contractors. Nevertheless, they failed,” Anwar further said.

The water resources secretary also mentioned that under the provision of PPA 2006 and PPR, these are complete violations of the contracts. There is a provision for taking legal action against such contractors. He also warned the project-related officials of punitive measures for their negligence and irresponsibility.

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