The ministry of public works has sought to explain the reason why a major project has been awarded to George Trucking & Excavation Services.
On August 25 it was announced that the contract for the construction of Phase One of the Roseau River Promenade was awarded to the company which is headed by George Nanthan to the tune of EC$560,176.
There has been some concern over whether the tendering process was done properly.
There are also allegations that the accepted tender is 24 percent, or approximately EC$108,000.00 more, than the lowest competitively priced tender.
A document made available to Dominica News Online, says that based on a cost analysis, George Trucking & Excavation Services was recommended, over four other tenderers, for the project.
According to the document, the budget estimate for the project provided by the technical services division of the Ministry of Public Works was $657,487 and the time stipulated was 14 weeks for completion.
The budget of companies that submitted tenders for the project could not be more than 5 percent higher or 15 percent lower than the budget estimates prepared by the technical services division.
Five companies submitted tenders; ACE Engineering Ltd, George Trucking and Excavation Services, Public Works Corporation, UNIQUE Construction Ltd and Caribbean Concrete Ltd.
The document shows that some of the tenders submitted either did not fall within the limits of the budget estimate of the technical services division or within the time frame that was stipulated for the completion of the project.
It also shows why George Trucking and Excavation Services was recommended for the project.
See the full document below.