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Bids studied for rainwater pump stations for tunnels on highways

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MPW receives bidding documents for tender No. 285

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 18: The Ministry of Public Works and the Central Agency for Public Tenders (CAPT) held negotiations with companies that presented bids for the maintenance and operation of rainwater pumping stations for the tunnels located on highways. These negotiations were carried out during a session held to study six bids, according to what was filed in the price list for the tender, reports Aljarida daily. The Ministry of Public Works received the bidding documents submitted for the tender No. 285 to study them and express its opinion, as well as to submit its recommendations to CAPT within 30 days in order to choose the winning company that will carry out the necessary maintenance for these stations. The ministry will rely on them during the rainy season wherever water level exceeds the capacity of the drainage network.

The ministry’s memorandum on the tender highlighted the importance of those stations during the rainy season to automatically transfer water when it rises to the specified levels, and facilitate its drainage into the rain drainage system that leads to the sea. It explained that the goal of the project is to maintain and operate rainwater pumping stations located at the low points on highways and tunnels.

The scope of services includes operation, preventive maintenance, design maintenance, replacement, improvement of facilities, services, and training, and as well as improving the efficiency of the stations to reduce flooding in low places on highways and tunnels. It is worth highlighting that the 2018 rainy season witnessed heavy rain in various parts of the country, which led to tunnels being flooded, and cars getting submerged and carried away by the floods. When some pumping facilities in those tunnels were examined, it was discovered that they were broken, which caused a major traffic crisis in the country due to the rains that did not stop for several days.

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