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Hyquip Back at Sonsoddo!

The controversial M/s Hyquip which the Comptroller Auditor General (CAG)report of 2009-2010 raised serious questions on corruption from tendering to execution and also indicated that a Rs 2.43 crore loss incurred by the previous Goa government is back on the Sonsoddo dumping grounds. This time though it has made its presence felt as machinery purchased by the current contract holder Fomento Resources.

Sources from Fomento Resources working on the Sonsoddo project after getting its approval from the BJP-led government have revealed to GoaChronicle.com on condition of anonymity that Fomento Resources have indeed purchased two machines from M/s Hyquip for a total cost of approximately Rs 80 lakhs. However, they felt it was unnecessary to comment on the controversies around M/s Hyquip, since they have no relation to the Fomento Resources Rs 7.31 crore contract. In fact the company has purchased machines from one other international company and another Indian company.

It may be recalled that the Congress Government terminated on 23rd October 2008 amidst allegations of corruption charges leveled by the former BJP Fatorda MLA Damodar Naik on the former Urban Development Minister Joaquim Alemao and former GSUDA Vice-Chairman and current Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardessai.

When GoaChronicle.com spoke to Damodar Naik on this issue, he expressed surprised at the surfacing of Hyquip back again at Sonsoddo, even as machinery, because of the scam associated with it. “I am not aware of Hyquip presence at Sonsoddo. But if it is then I would need to investigate into it.”

GoaChronicle.com questioned Margao Municipal Council, vice-chairperson, Pratima Coutinho on the Hyquip machinery being present at Sonsoddo, she categorically stated that this was brought to her notice by some officials but has not visited the site personally to verify, as even at today’s activity at Sonsoddo she was not included. And this has led her to believe that maybe questions that she would raise on issues like Hyquip would come to the fore has got her alienated. Nevertheless, she too has decided to investigate into the matter.

It may be recalled that the technical bids and financial bids were finalized in favor of M/s. Hyquip Projects Pvt. Ltd. for Rs 7.84 crore and the work order were issued on 11th August 2006.  GSUDA released mobilization advance of Rs 68.15 lakh to the contractor on 23rd August 2006 at 10 per cent simple interest.

Post winning the contract the entire Hyquip deal came under intense public scrutiny and controversy at the huge cost quoted and tendered; the file was subsequently sent to Vigilance Department. It went to Vigilance Department because of allegations that the rates followed in arriving at the tendered cost were inappropriate for the work at hand. Due to the controversy, however, the government was unable to sign the agreement with Hyquip.

For more details read GoaChronicle.com expose – Cash From Trash!

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