Padma Bridge in a quagmire

The building a whole of Padma overpass will face enlarged check if a World Bank does not accept a government’s suggest to proceed a work before long though involving a firms indicted of corruption.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as great as Finance Minister AMA Muhith done a suggest during meetings with WB Vice-President Isabel M Guerrero upon Sunday.

The monetary apportion pronounced this during a press lecture during his secretariat bureau yesterday.

The WB vice-president came to Dhaka upon a day’s outing to surprise a supervision about a lending agency’s upon all sides upon crime allegations connected with a Padma overpass project.

Muhith told reporters, “We cannot wait for for for an unfixed period. We have told them [World Bank] to strictly promulgate to us a names of a companies indicted of corruption. The supervision will dump those from a short-list as great as proceed a construction.”

In reply, Guerrero pronounced a bank will take a preference after deliberating a have a difference during a domicile in Washington.

Bangladesh has short-listed 5 firms for appointment as expert together with Canadian association SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. The names of those short-listed have been sent to a World Bank for a approval.

The Canadian authorities have been questioning a SNC-Lavalin Group Inc for crime following a WB referral.

The WB vice-president has told a monetary apportion which a bank cannot authorize a appointment of consulting firms until a Canadian authorities draw up of a allegations opposite SNC-Lavalin.

Guerrero pronounced they have perceived a little alternative crime allegations as well.

Muhith said, “The budding apportion as great as we have emphatically told a World Bank vice-president to surprise a supervision about a companies opposite whom they have allegations. The supervision will proceed a building a whole of a overpass though those companies.”

Besides a suggest for appointing consulting firms, suggest papers for a building a whole work as great as stream precision have been sent to a WB for approval. But nothing of them has been authorized yet.

The apportion told a WB vice-president which a examine opposite a indicted firms competence take two/three years to be completed, as great as a supervision cannot wait for for which enlarged to proceed a construction.

He pronounced both he as great as a PM will go to a US alone this month. They will have talks with a WB officials there about a issues per Padma bridge.

If a have a difference is staid by this month as great as a bank accepts a supervision proposal, basic work for a overpass will proceed subsequent month.

It, however, competence take compartment Jan to proceed a building a whole work, which was progressing approaching to proceed by October.

Asked about speculations which a World Bank will not account a overpass as enlarged as Syed Abul Hossain is land a communications portfolio, Muhith said, “I do not know of anything similar to that. Maybe it’s all have been being spread.”

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