4-lane project saw no light for irregularities
The Dhaka-Mymensingh highway has become the worst highway that saw last repair or rehabilitation in 2005.
The 120-kilometer highway was supposed to be reconstructed under the road sector reform programme, a World Bank-funded project initiated in 2005.
However, the move was abandoned in 2009 without any work done on the highway as the WB refused to provide fund on grounds of anomalies in the project, communications ministry officials say.
Considering importance of the highway and followed before awarding the task.
The communications ministry sent its Deputy Secretary Nurul Amin and Laskar to China to verify the joint venture. On return, they also confirmed that it was not genuine.
Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain assured to take prompt action against Intraco, but no action could be taken in more than a month.
The minister asked the roads division to terminate the contract with Intraco. He also directed to forfeit the company’s Tk 36 crore performance guarantee deposit and recover advance payment of Tk 25 crore made to it.
“We will soon cancel the contract,” said Syed Abul Hossain, adding that legal action will also be taken against the firm for the fraudulence.
Sources say a section of corrupt RHD officials were not happy with Intraco as it failed to fulfil their demands.
“We could not appease all as we got the two packages by quoting 16 percent less against the estimated money,” said a representative of Intraco.
-With The Daily Star input