Cabinet Purchase Committee on Sunday approved a total of nine procurement proposals, at a meeting chaired
by Finance Minister AMA Muhith.
They include a tender for the construction of 1,344 apartments for low to middle income-earners in Uttara, under the Ministry of Public Works and Housing.
The project proposes to build a total of 16 high-rise buildings (16-storey Type A complexes), with 4 apartments of size 1250 sft. on each floor.
Four local construction companies - Spectra Engineering Ltd, Mir Aktar Hossain Ltd, PBL-HSL-Payel Ltd, and Project Builders Ltd. -have won the contracts to build the apartments under separate lots.
The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartipakkha (Rajuk) will implement the project.
The combined value of the contracts comes to Tk 795.65 crore. Each of the four private sector contractors will have to arrange the interior electricity, water, gas lines, sewerage, fire extinguishing and other necessary amenities.
The Rail Ministry’s tender proposal for import of 120 broad gauge passenger coaches under the Indian Line of Credit Agreement also received the nod of the Cabinet Purchase Committee.
RITES Limited, an Indian firm, will supply the coaches at a value of Tk 837.84 crore.
The Cabinet body approved the Shipping Ministry’s tender proposal for dredging of 24 river routes.
South Korean company Tieyoung Engineering Ltd won the contract worth Tk 431.38 crore. They will dredge the routes using cutter suction dredger and execute other dredging related works necessary to make the routes navigable again.
Significantly, the Mongla-Ghasiakhali Canal has been included in the list of 24 routes. The closure of this route since 2011 forced commercial vessels to ply the Shela River in the Sundarbans, through three dolphin sanctuaries, resulting in the December 9 oil-spill in the Sundarbans.
The project will be implemented as phase -1 of the dredging of 53 inland river routes.
A tender proposal of the Food Ministry for import of 50,000 metric tons of wheat was approved. Olan International, a Singapore-based firm will supply the wheat at a total cost of Tk 106.04 crore. Each metric ton of wheat will cost US$ 268.47.
The ICT Division’s proposal for non-consulting services for Top-up IT training programme received the nod. The project will cost Tk 60.19 crore. A proposal for import of 450,000 mt of fertilizer also obtained the nod of the committee.
Three proposals speculated to be placed, including a Smart NID project under the Election Commission, were eventually not placed at the meeting. A decision was taken that these will be considered in the next meeting of the Cabinet Purchase Committee.