KATHMANDU, July 19: The date for opening financial proposal of five firms to award the task of rebuilding Dharahara, which was destroyed in the 2015 earthquake, has been postponed again.
Nepal Reconstruction Authority (NRA) published a notice on Tuesday and scheduled the opening of financial proposal for July 31. This is the second rescheduling by the NRA after it received a complaint on the authenticity of the documents of Chinese firms with which all those five firms have partnered to apply for rebuilding the famous monument of Kathmandu Valley.
Hours before opening the financial proposal on July 10, the NRA had received complaints against those Chinese firms. The complainants had asked for investigation of the Chinese firms’ balance sheet, official seals and other related documents, through the office of the prime minister. The process was then postponed and investigations started.
A joint-venture of Kalika Construction Pvt Ltd, Rasuwa Construction Pvt Ltd, and a Chinese company had filed complaints at the NRA. Likewise, Raman Construction, along with another Chinese company, had registered another complaint to stop the process of contract award. Pawan Mahato, promoter of Raman Construction, claimed that they were offered money to collude with Kalika, Rasuwa, and other companies in applying for the tender bid.
A kind of tug of war has started between these two big groups as both are eying the contract for reconstruction of the key 19th century monument.