At the center of criticism of opposition leader, Alan Ganoo, in the National Assembly on Tuesday 28 May: the awarding of the contract for the construction of a dam at Arnaud a Chinese company Sinohydro. Over the Alan Ganoo issues of its Private Notice Question (PNQ) addressed to the Deputy Prime Minister , Rashid Beebeejaun, it appears that the company has recorded a six-month delay in the implementation of projects.
The site has accumulated six months of delay, the Minister conceded Beebeejaun. The project is in fact the diversion of water from the reservoir to the Mare Longue Mare aux Vacoas. The construction of a dam and a canal across the region Arnaud center of the country are also provided. The objective: fill the tank of Mare aux Vacoas, which reached its lowest level at this time. The tender was launched in late 2011 by the Department of Public Services.
But what happens in case of non-compliance with the contract? Alan Ganoo dwelt on the fact that, according to his contract, the company will incur financial penalties in this case. The State Law Office has been consulted for the sanctions, said Minister Beebeejaun. According to him, they are however not applicable at this time.
So far, Sinohydro has collected nearly Rs 75 million in these projects. It seems that this is a problem of communication between consultants, officers of the Department and the contractor, who is responsible for the delay. Because they are, for the most part, Chinese nationals.
Rashid Beebeejaun however said his department considers several options to settle the situation. Possible solutions: award the contract to another construction company, or allow more time to Sinohydro to complete the work. Rashid Beebeejaun also explained that he visited the site last week and already, an investigation was opened.
Alan Ganoo, he did not fail to list the sites where the work Sinohydro has not been completed. It has, therefore, been interrupted by the Speaker Razack Peeroo, ordering him to confine his PNQ.