The government has started selection of contractors to complete the remaining works of the Melamchi Water Supply Project (MWSP), which had remained halted since six months after the Italian contractor CMC di Ravenna undertaking the work unilaterally pulled out of the project.
A tender notice has already been issued seeking contractors for finishing and headwork. The Ministry of Water Supply is currently evaluating the technical aspects of the contractors who responded to the tender notice.
The construction will begin two months after the start of the evaluation process.
“The technical evaluation will be complete within a week and we will begin evaluating financial matters,” said Rajendra Prasad Panta, information officer of Melamchi Water Supply Development Committee.
“The evaluation report will be submitted to the Asian Development Bank next week after which letter of interest will be issued. We will also seek bank guarantee and then start financial evaluation,” said Panta, adding, “The work will begin within two months.”
The government had handed the long-awaited project to the Italian company on July 15, 2013 mandating it to complete the work within September 11, 2016. However, 828 days after the deadline, the Italian company on December 15, 2018 unilaterally left the project after completing 85 percent work.
It has been widely believed that CMC di Ravenna pulled out of the project after becoming bankrupt. One and a half months after the company left the work unattended, the government terminated the contract. The government then started a new process to look for contractors to complete the remaining work.
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