The controversy of Mohmand dam’s construction contract erupted when the contract was assigned to the joint venture of Descon and China Gezhouba. As per details the Descon owned by Adviser to PM on Commerce, Textile, Industry and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood and Chinese company, China Gezhouba, has won the bid for the construction of the Rs309 billion Mohmand Dam.
President of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML0N) Shehbaz Sharif on Monday (Jan 14) during his National Assembly speech has demanded re-bidding of Rs309 billion Mohmand Dam in light of its controversial allotment to the joint venture of Descon.
“There are now huge questions on financial transparency of the project,” the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader said in his address at the national assembly. “PEPRA though allows single bid, the dam construction can take five to six years so why there was so urgency in awarding the contract. The process could have been re-started,” he said. ” Heavens won’t have fallen on re-bidding. It’s a matter of Rs309 billion.”
While pointing out power crisis in country he said, “We resolved the load shedding crisis on the war footing. Set up three LNG projects, and laid the foundation for the fourth one. We saved Rs160 billion of the national exchequer,” he added. “This is government’s incompetence that it’s providing expensive electricity from furnace oil, while the government is not running gas power plants with 100 per cent productivity,” he said.
Meanwhile Federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda, rejected Shahbaz Sharif’s demand of rebidding and termed it as conspiracy against dam’s construction. Vawda said that the opposition leader said that financial bid was awarded for the dam, however, it is still open.
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17 November, 2019