BBA set to hire NGO to rehabilitate Padma Bridge-affected people

The Bangladesh Bridge Authority (BBA) is set to appoint a non-governmental organisation (NGO) for the implementation of rehabilitation programmes taken for the people affected due to land acquisition for the Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project.

According to official sources, the BBA has selected Eco Social Development Organisation (ESDO) to take its service at a cost of Tk 131.50 million for the work.

The BBA has selected ESDO through a tender process and put forward its proposal to the Cabinet Purchase Committee through the Bridges Division.

However, a total of 28 NGOs initially submitted their respective proposals through the expression of interest (EoI). Then, seven of them were short-listed and finally two of them were selected as technically and financially responsive bidders for the job.

The BBA finally picked the ESDO as it obtained the highest marks in the evaluation process.

Officials said once the proposal is approved by the Cabinet body, the BBA will appoint ESDO for implementing Income and Livelihood Restoration Programme (ILRP) and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP).

The government has been implementing the largest-ever Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project (PMBP) at a cost of about $3 billion (or Tk 240.00 billion).


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