Mauritius | Infrastructure

December 02, 2013

Additional Costs of Bagatelle Dam: Rs 2 Billion and Two Years Over

Additional works for the construction of the Bagatelle Dam will cost Rs 2 billion more. And delivery of the site acknowledge two years late.

At the time of allocation of the contract in June 2011, the dam would cost Rs 3.4 billion and be completed by December 2014. But it was without counting the innumerable contingencies, including the porous soil at the site selected by the authorities. Further work is therefore required to address them. What makes up the bill to reach Rs 5.4 billion, excluding VAT.

Another consequence is a huge delay on delivery. The Ministry of Public Utilities provides that Bagatalle Dam can not be completed before December 2016. This represents an increase of 58.8% on the original price of this 45-meter high and 2.7 km long project to contain 25 million cubic meters of water.

Porous soil

Involved, the porous soil of the chosen site in 2006. It was discovered last year and the work had to be suspended for several months. To avoid there are leaks, or worse, a part of the dam collapses, it took consent to review its structure and initial design.

This is the Chinese contractor China International Water and Electric who discovered that the soil was not conducive to continue construction under optimal conditions. An expert has been summoned to Mauritius to advise the government on the best option.

It advised the government, there a few months ago to build a 'cut-off wall. This belt poured concrete into the ground should prevent any leakage of water to the dam is sealed.

Last January, "a high-level meeting was held with the consultants in the presence of an independent expert appointed by my department, it was decided by the consultant and expert to be arrested with grouting and establish a cut-off wall instead of it so that there is more sealing dam, "explained Rashid Beebeejaun, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Utilities last Tuesday in Parliament. This was submitted to the government to give the green light.

"It has been decided to have a safer dam to be sure that it is waterproof and will not leak or collapse," he had added.

For the government, it is the consultant, appointed in 2008, who must take responsibility for mistakes. The Council of Ministers decides on 4 October, to demand accountability to the consultant. Cabinet accused of "gross negligence". And it is he who will pay for claims made by the manufacturer. Thing, however, is far from being achieved. The consultant has been revoked, the work was stopped. We'll have to go through a new tender to find another. "The project is expected to recover in 2015," says Rashid Beebeejaun.

Initially, the Bagatalle Dam would be located somewhere else. In August 2001, a consultant was retained by the MSM / MMM Government for a feasibility study. In August 2003, the report was submitted. A site was chosen. However, in April 2004, another site was preferred. Regime change, everything had been canceled. In May 2006, following another report, the current location was chosen. And this is precisely what reproach opposition: to have changed site "political fanaticism" with consequences that ensued.

 

 

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