CPA to spend Tk 370 cr for dredging the Karnaphuli
ANISUR RAHMAN KHAN
Dhaka, Feb 28: Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) will implement the “Capital dredging and bank protection with jetty facilities on the Karnaphuli river, from Sadarghat jetty to third Karnaphuli Bridge” project, at a cost of Tk. 370 crore from its own funds, shipping ministry sources said yesterday. The shipping ministry had approved the project on October 19, 2009, and forwarded it to the Cabinet for final approval.
As per the summary that has been prepared for the purchase committee of the Cabinet on February 20, implementation period of the project has been marked from January 2009 to December 2012.
According to the approved development project profile (DPP), a total of 35.40 lakh cubic metres would be dredged, along with the construction of 2,615-metre bank-protection, construction of 1,750 metres of RCC jetty, and other temporary works.
The CPA has invited international pre-qualification tenders on March 23, last year, while proposal evaluation committee (PEC) pre-qualified 12 organisations for the project.
After a pre-bid meeting on November 1, last year, the CPA had finally invited tenders from 12 pre-qualified organisations.
Of those 12 companies, four had submitted their tenders on December 1, last year. The companies were – China Harbour Engineering Company Limited, Malaysian Maritime and Dredging Corporation Sdn. Bhd, Banga Dredgers Ltd and Rafique Construction Co. (JV) and Chinese Sinohydro Co. Ltd.
The technical evaluation committee (TEC) formed by the CPA had conducted a preliminary examination of the tenders on December 5, last year. Following a scrutiny, the committee expressed its satisfaction, and asked the four companies to submit required papers, along with documents like confirmation authentication on bank guarantee.
Malaysian Maritime and Dredging Corporation Sdn. Bhd was selected as the first lowest bidder (Tk. 246.76 crore), while Banga Dredgers Ltd and Rafique Construction Co. (JV) was the second lowest (Tk. 343.95 crore). China Harbour Engineering Company Limited had been the third lowest bidder (Tk. 536.57 crore), and Sinohydro Co. Ltd remained the fourth lowest (Tk. 659.97 crore).
The technical committee has submitted the procurement project to the shipping ministry on January 13, after finishing the evaluation.
Chairman of the CPA, Comdr K Anwarul Huq, told The Independent that the implementation of the project would increase navigability in the upstream of the Karnaphuli, adding that the proposed jetty could also be used as a service jetty.