Stories By 'PRITHVI MAN SHRESTHA'
Kaski Police arrested Surendra Basnet, the owner of Justine Time Construction, a subcontractor for blacktopping of the Kotre-Gagangauda section of Prithvi Highway, on May 17 on the charge of failing to complete works even within an extended deadline.
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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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The government’s failure allocate adequate budget as well as timely payment to the contractors have delayed several projects.Delays in payments have given contractors, who are not doing well, to give some excuse. Many contractors are not doing any project work and misusing the advance payment to buy land and houses.
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As the Home Ministry launches an offensive against non-performing and under-performing contractors, even arresting some of them, politically well-connected contractors remain untouched by the move.Performances of Pappu Construction owned by lawmaker Hari Narayan Prasad Rauniyar of the ruling Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal and that of Shailung Construction, whose Chairman Sharada Prasad Adhikari is the landlord of Nepal Communist Party Co-chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, are of particular interest for the number of projects being built and the delays.
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With just over 100 staffers working at central offices applying for transfer to the local federal units, the government will find it hard to mobilise required staff at the local level.
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As the government initiates action against non-performing and under-performing contractors of state-funded projects, progress in most of the development works in Kathmandu district is dismal.
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