Four foreign firms vie for supervision work

padmaPadma bridge construction, river training
Four international firms from the United States, India, Korea and France have finally come forward to vie for the jobs of supervising the Padma Bridge construction and river training work.

Louis Berger Group Inc of the USA, Korea Expressway Corporation of South Korea, Intercontinental Consultants and Technocrats Pvt Ltd of India and Egis International of France responded to the request for proposal (RFP) and submitted their proposals Wednesday, the closing day.

Officials said five firms had earlier been short-listed as construction supervision consultants (CSCs). Of them, the four finally showed their interest by submitting the proposals. The Seoyeong Engineering Company Ltd of South Korea refrained from entering the fray.

Earlier on June 24 last the Bangladesh Bridge Authority (BBA), the executing agency of the US $ 2.9 billion Padma Bridge project, invited fresh Expression of Interest (EoI) for the CSC work, as its extent of work was curtailed from what was originally planned.

The BBA first in 2010 sought EoI from firms to do the supervision work on all five components of the Padma Bridge project.

The authority later curtailed the extent of work and gave three components to the Bangladesh Army following the crisis that arose after the World Bank’s allegation of corruption in the process of selection of Canadian SNC Lavalin as a CSC in 2011.The Bangladesh Army with the support of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and foreign consultants will be working as a CSC for two approach road construction and the service area development.Officials said none of foreign firms which had been short-listed along with the SNC Lavalin had taken part in the fresh EoI.They said the fresh proposals would now be evaluated by the technical evaluation committee of the BBA before selecting a CSC.

FE Report