Ministry of Public Works Responds to Stabroek News’ Article “Highest bidder secures contract forIndia-funded Ogle to Eccles four-lane highway”

The Ministry of Public Works wishes to clarify the Blazing Article carried in Stabroek News on Sunday, January 30, 2022, entitled “Highest Bidder secures contract for India-Funded Ogle to Eccles four Lane Highway.

The information provided is very erroneous.

The ministry wishes to state the following:

Bidding process for the selection of the Civil Works Contractor commenced on June 3 2021 and was extended by three weeks and closed on August 24, 2021. However, no bids were received.

The Government of Guyana and the India EXIM Bank then negotiated and came to agreement that the Ministry of Transport in India would undertake the prequalification of Indian contractors with the intent to draw a broader pool, and the Government of Guyana would launch the financial bids concurrently.

The following contractors were prequalified by the EXIM Bank of India:

  • AFCONS Infrastructure Ltd.
  •  Ashoka Buildcon Ltd.
  • Dineshchandra R. Agrawal Infracon Pvt. Ltd. (DRAIPL)
  • JMC Projects (India) Ltd.

The tenders for Prequalified Contractors were opened on December 10, 2021, at 09:00hrs and their respective bids were read out as follows:

1AFCONS Infrastructure Ltd.108,055,358.25NILNo Discount 108,055,358.253
2Ashoka Buildcon Ltd.111,976,190.285%106,383,954.521
3DRAIPL106,775,275.00NILNo Discount 106,775,236.52

The winning bid for the Ogle to Eccles Four-Lane Highway, Ashoka Buildcon Ltd. had offered a 5% discount within its bid to the value of US$ 106,383,954.52, and this therefore made it the lowest bidder for the project and not the highest as reported in 2022/01/30 Sunday Stabroek News Papers.

Therefore, contrary to the Stabroek News article the contract was awarded to the lowest responsive bidder tenderer #2 – Ashoka Buildcon Ltd. to the value of US$ 106,383,954.52.