The cabinet committee on purchase yesterday approved 13 procurement proposals worth Tk 4,552 crore of various ministries and divisions, including helicopters for Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and construction of flats for government employees.
Nasima Begum, additional secretary to the cabinet division, briefed reporters after the meeting at the division—where the go-aheads came from—with Finance Minister AMA Muhith in the chair.
Two helicopters will be purchased from Russia for the BGB under a government-to-government arrangement for Tk 417.84 crore. Russian Helicopters will supply the choppers.
The committee also okayed another proposal for construction of three 20-storey buildings at CGS Colony in Agrabad of Chattogram for government employees at a cost of Tk 110.83 crore.
GKB and Friends International, a joint venture company, won the tender as the lowest bidder for constructing the buildings, which will contain 228 flats.
Another proposal approved by the committee was for Kusholi Nirmata Ltd to construct six 13-storey buildings at Tejgaon in Dhaka at a cost of Tk 130.92 crore. There will be 288 flats of two sizes -- 800 square feet and 650 square feet.
The committee approved a proposal to import 50,000 tonnes of wheat at $291.93 per tonne. Swiss-Singapore Overseas Enterprise Ltd will supply the wheat.
China First Metallurgical Group Co Ltd has got a work to set up 53 deep tube wells and do associated work for Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority under a Tk 220.49 crore project.
Silvan Technology Ltd has been awarded the work to supply 17,414 distribution transformers at a cost of Tk 100.47 crore to Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board.
Three separate companies have landed three parts of work packages for upgrading the Elenga-Hatikamrul-Rangpur highway to four-lane for Tk 2,110.85 crore. The job went to Abdul Monem Ltd, CPC-Tentia and a KMC-Monico Joint venture.
The committee also okayed a proposal for import of 1.25 lakh tonnes of fertiliser at a cost of Tk 413 crore.
Foreign and local manpower have been increased at the construction site of Padma Multipurpose Bridge which will increase the cost to Tk 562 crore from an earlier estimate of Tk 383 crore.
The cabinet committee on economic affairs approved on principle a project under public private partnership (PPP) for detailed design, construction, operation and maintenance of Mass Rapid Transit Line-2.
A metro rail would be set up from Gabtoli to Chattogram road with fund from the Japanese government, the additional secretary of the cabinet division said.
Another two proposals have been approved for implementation of two housing projects at Purbachal and Mirpur under PPP. Singapore Enterprise Ltd will construct the residential buildings.