Polavaram project- once again fraudulent contractors for criminal dam డిసెంబర్ 9, 2012Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in biodiversity, Polavaram.
Tags: India Against Corruption, Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, UES-Transstroy
Polavaram bid under a cloud
By Express News Service – HYDERABAD, 8TH December 2012
The Polavaram project contract was back to square Friday with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) reportedly informing the state’s Irrigation Department that the Russian company UES – part of the contract-winning consortium led by Transstroy — had submitted fake documents.
Though there was no official confirmation, the MEA observation would mean that the company would be blacklisted.
It may be recalled that after bidders Soma CGG and SEW had quoted high figures for the Rs 4,000 crore Polavaram head works, the state government opened the technical bid of the remaining four companies that had participated in the bidding. As the UES-Transstroy joint venture quoted the lesser rate, the state government almost finalised the tenders for the JV. However, a high-power committee headed by chief secretary Minnie Mathew and irrigation officials developed misgivings about the veracity of the documents submitted by UES-Transstroy and referred the matter to MEA.
The ministry reportedly confirmed that the Russian partner had submitted forged documents relating to prior work experience to bag the tender. The letterhead on which the work experience certificate was given itself was said to be forged.
When contacted, chief secretary Minnie Mathew said she has not received any letter stating that UES-Transstroy had submitted forged documents. “Such matters will not directly come to me. The Polavaram engineer-in-chief (E-in-C) will receive the letter. I have no information so far,” Mathew told Express.
The E-in-C of Polavaram or representatives of Transstroy could not be contacted for comment despite repeated attempts.
Transstroy is said to belong to Congress MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao. Though he resigned from its board, his wife continues to be on the board. Major irrigation minister Peddi Sudharshan Reddy told Express that if the documents were indeed forged, the committee would take further action on the Polavaram tenders