Wasa MD Tasqem under ACC radar for corruption in water treatment project

wasa_tasqem a khanThe managing director of Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa), Taqsem A Khan, finally appeared before the Anti-Corruption Commission but secretly, reports Dhaka Tribune.

Taqsem was issued notice two times to face interrogation regarding irregularities in the proposed Padma (Jashaldia) Water Treatment Plant Project (Phase 1) worth Tk3,509 crore.

On Wednesday, he called the commission and said he would appear before the commission, an ACC official said requesting anonymity.

He was questioned by Assistant Director Sheikh Abdus Salam at the ACC’s Segunbagicha headquarters from 9:30am to 12:30pm yesterday, ACC’s Public Relation Officer Pranab Kumer Bhattacharya told the Dhaka Tribune.

The allegations say Wasa selected a Chinese company, CAMC Engineering Company Ltd, for the project without inviting an open tender and signed an agreement with them on November 5, 2013 – 13 months prior to the project’s approval by the cabinet.

It is alleged that Taqsem awarded the workorder to the Chinese company without following due procedure of tender and vetting, costing the state exchequer around Tk350 crore.

Moreover, Wasa will have to count Tk150 crore more for importing pipes, allegedly substandard, to be used in the project long before acquiring land.

However, Taqsem refuted all allegations against him and submitted a written statement.

One thought on “Wasa MD Tasqem under ACC radar for corruption in water treatment project

  1. The tender documents did not include any employers requirements nor sufficient specification. Asa matter of fact, the contract conditions were drafted by the contractor camps. Even after more than 18 month after contract award dwasa, their consultant and the contractor are still working on the requirements. The reference to international standards were downgraded by accepting Chinese standards as international. The government will pay a lot for a low quality project.

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