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Foul play in project bids: Report

Foul play in project bids: Report

PRITHVI MAN SHRESTHA, Jun 10 Kathmandu
Even as the government warns of stringent action against non-performing and under-performing contractors, little attention has been paid to possible collusion among the contractors to limit competition.A report of the Public Procurement Monitoring Office (PPMO), the government entity that monitors public contracts and procurements, has exposed collusion in a number of projects in a way to cost the national treasury dear.The report titled ‘A Collection of Reports on Public Procurement Monitoring and Complaints’ points to possible collusion among bidders while participating in and bagging contracts for road and bridge projects in the under-construction Dharan-Chatara-Gaighat-Katari-Sindhuli road and the Galchhi-Trishuli-Mailung, Syabru-besi-Rasuwagadhi road project.The report also hinted at collusion when the Department of Health Services invited tenders for services related to medical equipment.
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