Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Maldives govt tells 19 companies to submit detailed proposal for mega bridge project

The Maldives government is seeking detailed reports from 19 companies, including two from China, to be submitted by June before allocating the project of constructing a bridge between the airport and capital Male, reports said Wednesday.

The deadline for the detailed reports has been given as June 9, 2014, reported local media.

Earlier, Minister of Economic Development Mohamed Saeed said 19 companies had expressed interest for the contractor-finance project to build a bridge linking capital Male and the airport island of Hulhule.

Speaking during a press conference, the Economic Minister said the 19 "international standard" companies include two companies from China, two companies from India, in addition to companies from the US, UK, Turkey, Australia, France and some local companies.

The minister did not provide details.

Asked when the project will be awarded, the economic minister said it will take "about six months or so"to evaluate the proposals, award the project and begin construction. He said the government hopes to start construction latest by the end of this year.

Saeed said although design for the bridge is yet to be finalized, the government will ensure that it will be durable and built with modern architecture and technology. Details of the project will be provided at a later date.

Government is seeking a party to design, construct, manage and maintain the bridge.


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