Jun 06, 2012 News
Government is sourcing heavy duty machinery to rent, for the bungled Amaila Falls road project which was previously undertaken by Makeshwar ‘Fip’ Motilall back in March 2010.
Under the Ministry of Public Works, a lone bid (from SYMS General Contractors Inc.) was opened yesterday at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) for the hiring of trucks, excavator, roller, and a front end loader for Lot Two of the Amaila Falls access road.
With an estimate of $33,908,775 the lone bid submitted was:
|SYMS General Contractors Inc.||$30, 135, 220|
The Amaila Falls contract was awarded on condition that Motilall would design and construct the road. And the contractor, who was said to have never built a road, but who sought to justify his being granted the contract, agreed to execute the project.
The terms of the contract stipulated that he would complete the works within 18 months of being awarded the contract. However, there were delays in the start up, first to allow Motilall to procure the equipment and then to secure a Performance Bond.
The government announced the award of the contract to Motilall on March 26, 2010. Synergy Holdings was given the first notice to proceed on October 5, 2010 for some sections of the road, while the green light for the other section through virgin rainforest was given on January 11, last year.
The bidders for the contracts were asked to provide their experience in similar large scale projects together with references and credentials, and detail the equipment they own and would require to carry out the project.
Synergy Holdings came under the microscope over its experience, or lack thereof, in building roads and its ability to carry out the project. The company’s contract was for the upgrade of approximately 85 kilometres of existing roadway and the design and construction of approximately 110 kilometres of new road.
Motilall collected on a significant portion of the contract, before its termination. The government seized his equipment and fined him US$120,000 as liquidated damages for each day he failed to procure the Performance Bond.
The roads are a critical component of the Amaila Falls Hydro Electric Project which government is hoping to build.
Meanwhile, eight (8) bids were also submitted yesterday under the Ministry of Public Works for the Essequibo Coast Bridge rehabilitation, Better Success/Andrews Essequibo, Region Two.
With an engineer’s estimate of $13,706,000 the bids are as follows:
|Roopan Ramotar Investments||$11,094,000|
|Sattaur Mohammed and Sons Construction||$12,938,600|
|M. Sookai Contracting Services||$9,185,000|
|Errol Cush Contracting Service||$11,541,000|
|Kadir Persaud Contracting||$11,275,000|
|Mohammed Ramzan Alli Khan||$12,966,500|
Still in the public works sector, eight additional bids were also opened at NPTAB for the Essequibo Coast Bridge rehabilitation, Three Friends/Land of Plenty, Essequibo, Region Two.
The engineers estimate for the project is $14,836,000 and the bids:
|Roopan Ramotar Investments||$13,846,750|
|Mohammed Ramzan Alli Khan||$14,990,560|
|Sattaur Mohammed and Sons Construction||$14,783,700|
|M. Sookai contracting services||$10,992,500|
|Errol Cush Contracting Service||$13,125,500|
|Kadir Persaud Contracting||$12,302,500|
The Ministry of Education received bids for the procurement of goods in four lots; (1) one entails the procurement of notebooks, computers, printer, UPS, flash drives, CPU, scanners, external hard drives; (2) Digital Copier-printer. (3) Television, DVD player and lot (4) a portable projectors.
|Digital Technology||Lot 1- $14,915,878Lot 2- $3,071,900Lot 3- $388,200Lot 4- $1,539,850|
|Vishnu Panday & Associates Inc||Lot 1- $19,406,424Lot 4- $2,020,720|
|N.T Computeac||Lot 1- $14,964,802Lot 4- $1,444,170|
|CCS Guyana Ltd||Lot 1- $15,130,716Lot 2- $6,528,366|
Three (3) bids were submitted for the procurement of one foreign, used Toyota Motor Car for the Ministry of Tourism. The bids:
|Car Clean Enterprise||$2,000,000|
|Car Care Enterprise||$2,000,000|
|Beharry Auotmotive Ltd||$2,235,600|
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