‘MPW’s decision to cancel three tenders belonging to PART weird’

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Settlement compensation to cost almost KD 100 million

KUWAIT CITY, April 3: The decision taken by the Minister of Public Works (MPW) and State Minister for Municipal Affairs Hussam Al-Roumi to cancel the procedures of three tenders belonging to Public Authority for Road and Transport (PART) is regarded as strange especially since the settlement cost of two out of the three tenders is almost KD 100 million, reports Al-Rai daily quoting informed sources from the ministry.

They wondered about the reason behind the decision to cancel the projects despite the high compensations which the public funds have to incur, considering such a decision as a continuation of previous mistakes that resulted in the delay of developmental projects.

The sources referred to a similar decision taken few years ago to cancel the settlement of tenders of hospitals in favor of the public. However, it was later discovered that the same tenders were resettled, resulting in wastage of hundreds of millions of dinars.

The costs of the tenders, which were suspended and then resettled again, were multiple times more than the original cost due to increase in the prices and the damages that resulted from suspension of developing projects. The sources explained that a number of procedures were taken and relevant conditions were followed over the suspended tenders.

The concerned technical bodies were not consulted prior to suspension. The two tenders (No. 260 and 261) for developing Salmi Road were won by an international company ased on the criteria in the declaration issued in 2012 for qualifying companies, and the criteria included in the circular issued by Undersecretary of Ministry of Public Works in 2015.

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