The government plans to appoint the Bureau of Research, Testing and Consultation of Buet as a consultant to oversee the construction of the tannery industrial park in Savar.
The move comes after the industries minister sought consent from the cabinet committee on economic affairs at yesterday's meeting—to bypass the public procurement rules and make the appointment directly. Finance Minister AMA Muhith presided over the meeting.
The industries ministry argued if they went for the open tender system, as per the public procurement rules, it would take at least three to four more months, which would delay the project further.
Buet will be paid around Tk 5 crore for the consultancy services, which would involve supervision of the construction, particularly of the central effluent treatment plant. The deadline for the project's completion is 2016.
Also at yesterday's meeting, the committee approved the import of 11-15 lakh tonnes of urea fertiliser from Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirate in 2014 and 2015.