This was revealed by Member of Parliament Osman Mahomed, who questioned Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Minister of Housing, Steve Obeegadoo. The latter responded that this decision was made so that the project could move forward, and on the advice of experts.
Steve Obeegadoo recalled that the government is committed to building 8,000 social housing units at a cost of Rs 2.7 million per unit. Discussions had been initiated with the major contractors, with a view to presenting the project to them. The call for tenders saw the participation of 19 bidders registered with the CIDB, 14 were selected. Because the contractors had to complete the projects within the prescribed time and according to the indicated standards, the National Social Living Development (NSLD), decided to advance them an amount of 25% of the project. A technical opinion had been obtained beforehand. The Letters of Intent sent to the contractors mention this deposit.
Osman Mahomed pointed out that a maximum of 10% advance is applied to all contracts awarded by the government, as recommended by the Federation of Consulting Engineers. In this case, there was an additional 15%. “It is a total amount of Rs 5.4 billion advanced to 14 contractors for the construction of 8,000 units. Has NSLD ensured that all contractors are eligible to receive such money? Especially since some have not submitted their latest financial statements to the Registrar of Companies, ”wonders the deputy.
To this, the DPM and Minister of Housing replied that the NSLD has made the necessary arrangements, on the advice of the Ministry of Finance. He clarifies: “I am not the one who makes the decisions. I am a minister, I have a right of inspection, but I do not decide for the NSLD. The question for the government was whether we could go ahead with this project to build 8,000 social housing units, despite the difficulties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine, which caused a 30% increase in costs. "
Not only was it a question of resources for the government, said Steve Obeegadoo, but also those for whom these accommodations were intended. “If we had scrupulously observed the procedures in force before Covid-19, with the engagement of consultants and so on, as well as a 10% advance, the project could not have materialized. "
He adds that the priority was to provide decent housing to those affected. This is why the government has decided to grant some assistance to the contractors, in order to allow the project to progress. The 25% advance was granted against a bank or insurance company guarantee.
Osman Mahomed returned to the fact that the government could have granted a 10% advance and increased as the project unfolds, to ensure that a contractor does not go away with the money. The DPM clarified that the experts judged the approach taken to be the best.
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