The plant will add some 450 liters per day from the Padma River to Dhaka Water Supply & Sewerage Authority’s (Wasa) supply network
The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development is likely to place a proposal before the cabinet committee today for selecting Chinese contractor M/S CMC Engineering Company Limited to set up a water treatment plant at Munshiganj at a cost of Tk3,508 crore.
Once completed, the plant will add some 450 liters per day from the Padma River to Dhaka Water Supply & Sewerage Authority’s (Wasa) supply network. Wasa is currently supplying 2,000 million litres per day water against a demand of 2,200 million litres per day in the capital.
According to the proposal, Chinese Exim Bank will provide Tk 2,042.36 crore at 2% interest rate while remaining amount of the project will be funded from the national exchequer. The project is expected to be completed by June 2016.
The proposal also selected Jashaldia (Louhajang) in Munshiganj for setting up the water treatment plant.
The proposal evaluation committee earlier selected Chinese contractor M/S CMC Engineering Company Limited as the lowest bidder for the project.
Sources at the LGRD ministry told the Dhaka Tribune that the proposal was placed before the cabinet committee on public purchases in November 2013 but failed to get an approval for several reasons.
It was also alleged that Wasa’s failure to negotiate properly for the project has increased its cost by 10%.
A Wasa engineer, requesting anonymity, told the Dhaka Tribune: “Despite being a government-to-government project, Wasa had failed to negotiate properly and added some Tk 350 crore to the total cost.”
Contacted, Local Government Secretary Manzoor Hossain said: “I was not there when project had negotiated but the project has already started and I hope it will be completed within the stipulated time.”
Asif Showkat Kallol