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Accused of favouring 1 company, govt prepares to revise bid call for Kathmandu intelligent traffic signal system

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Kathmandu, October 21

After being accused of favouring a particular company in its call for bids, the government has prepared to revise the call for the installation of an intelligent traffic signal system in Kathmandu.

Krishna Nath Ojha, an official at Road Safety and Traffic Management Branch under the Department of Roads, says, “Some questions have been raised over our call for bids. Therefore, a discussion has begun regarding if we need to revise some conditions.”

He, however, says there should not be any delay in the installation of the new system as it has already been necessary for the capital. “We do not want any delay in the launch of this system.”

Discussions are also underway regarding extending the deadline given to submit the proposals. In its call issued on October 13, interested companies were given a 15 days’ time to submit the bids. But, the department’s Director-General Kewal Kumar Sharma has already directed the officials to extend it further citing the festive season and the Covid-19 crisis.

Sharma, however, rejects any collusion with a particular company as accused.

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