Huge anomalies appeared to have troubled the upkeep dredging mission that the Gwadar Port Authority (GPA) is finishing up on the nation’s deepest Gwadar seaport at an “exorbitant” price of Rs 1.four billion.
Issues have been doubtful ever for the reason that GPA, in line with well-placed sources, has awarded the contract to a dredging firm, M/s Maqbool Associates, having “zero” expertise in dredging works.
GPA Chairman Dostain Jamaldini, nevertheless, mentioned “no” to the allegations saying all the things was “on top of things” at Gwadar port. The sources insisted that the PQA chief may need acquired some “kickbacks” from the “inexperienced” contractors who apparently had tricked the Authority on techno-financial grounds.
Of the three, M/s Mew Pvt Restricted, M/s Mekhri Maritime and M/s Maqbool Associates the final bidder appeared because the lowest and thus was certified to dredge the port’s navigational channel by, what Jamaldini mentioned, round 1.three million cubic meters (cbm).
M/s ChinaHarbour and Engineering Firm and M/s Qalandar Bux Abro & Firm had been the 2 technical bidders who kept away from submitting their monetary bids.
The three corporations, the sources alleged, had fashioned a “cartel” to finish competitors thus getting the specified charges of Rs 1.four billion. “This price is manner out of the engineering estimate of Rs 400 million,” claimed the sources aware about the mission.
They mentioned Rs 1.four billion was a value which the Port Qasim Authority (PQA) pays for five mcb upkeep dredging at its channel. Additional, the sources recalled that it was identical GPA that had paid solely Rs 300 million to M/s MEW Pvt Restricted to undertake the identical job in 2010-11.
“That is an exorbitant price for dredging of such small amount,” they claimed.
To substantiate their declare about cartelisation, the sources mentioned, at one level the contractor had used a dredger of M/s MEW Pvt Restricted which later was returned when bought faulted.
Additional, the contractor, in its technical bid, had provided a Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) of two,500 cubic meters (cbm) capability together with different sorts of dredgers to perform the job.
On floor, nevertheless, the contractor deployed a TSHD of 1,600 cbm capability, claimed the sources. “How may GPA settle for this low-capacity dredger whereas the capability constituted the premise for technical qualification,” they questioned. The contractor is also legging far behind the 90-day deadline the GPA had set for the completion of the mission, the sources mentioned.
“Whereas the deadline had lapsed, the corporate has been in a position to perform solely 0.2 million cubic meters dredging,” they claimed. It’s unclear how rather more time the remaining 1.1 mcb will take to be accomplished.
The sources went on to assert that whereas work on the mission was already working at a snail’s tempo the contractor’s essential dredger, 1600 cbm TSHD, was mendacity out of order for final one month.
“A seize dredger of 600 hopper capability is at work alongside the jetty presently,” they added.
Dredging for the “inexperienced” contractor, the sources claimed, had not often been a easy crusing at Gwadar because it at occasions additionally needed to get the service of Pakistan Navy which’s “Behr-i-Kusha” dredger had been working on the troubled mission for fairly a while.
When contacted, GPA Chairman Dostain Jamaldini denied all these claims as baseless. “Every thing is on top of things and what you’re referring to appears to be popping out of some enterprise rival of our contractor,” the chairman mentioned.
“No, no” was the phrase the GPA chief was repetitive with whereas responding to queries of this reporter.
The Rs 1.four billion, he claimed, was very a lot a price in conformity with the prevailing market charges. “Take a look at the amount, 1.three mcb. It’s big. We’re doing it on tonnage foundation,” he mentioned.
The channel, he mentioned, can be deepened at completely different locations by 13.eight to 14.eight meters. “No, they’re the skilled ones,” Jamaldini mentioned about Maqbool Associates, although with out referring to the dredging work he thought the corporate had undertaken prior to now.
The chairman claimed that presently two dredgers had been working on the port and work was underway easily.