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Blantyre Water Board shortlists four for $23million Likhubula project

EXIM Bank of India and Blantyre Water Board (BWB) have shortlisted four contractors ahead of the start of the US$23.50 million new water supply system from Likhubula River in Mulanje to Blantyre.

In an e-mail response to a questionnaire, BWB Chief Executive Officer, Henry Bakuwa, said the bank has since provided details of prequalified contractors and forwarded bidding documents to BWB and the government to initiate the tendering process as per guidelines.

He said such applications were examined and verified for both completeness of their submissions and adherence to the prequalification criteria.

“Blantyre Water Board has, therefore, proceeded with issuance of bidding documents to the four shortlisted contractors,” he said.

Bakuwa said based on the evaluation, the Exim Bank shortlisted JV of WPIL Limited and SMS Paryavaran, Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Limited, SMC Infrastructure Private Limited and Technofab Engineering Limited.

He said Capital Hill received financing from the government of India through a Line of Credit towards the construction of the new water supply system.

“The main components of the project include construction of an intake structure on Likhubula River in Mulanje, pipe laying of gravity main for a total length of 50 kilometres from Likhubula to Nguludi.

“There will be construction of a conventional water treatment plant and a pumping station, including installation of pumps and motors at Nguludi, construction of a storage tank at Mpingwe Hill in Bangwe and pipe laying of supply mains from the storage tank to Bangwe and Limbe,” Bakuwa said.

He said once finalised the project will supplement the existing water supply systems from Walkers Ferry and Mudi by adding 20,000 cubic metres(20 million litres) of water per day, and hence sufficing the present demand of water.

“It will also help in reducing the exorbitant electricity costs as the system will largely be operated under gravity, specifically the raw water transmission main,” he said.

Recently, Trupti Mhatre, Exim Bank Assistant General Manager for Lines of Credits said their guidelines detail that the bank is required to conduct a prequalification exercise.

She said occasionally, India extends concessional credit facility under the Indian Development and Economic Assistance Scheme to oversee governments or their nominated agencies in developing countries for financing projects involving procurement of goods, civil works, consulting and nonconsulting services to be contracted to Indian entities.

“Once that is done the bank is to provide a list of prequalified bidders to the borrower, in this case BWB for invitation of bids for specific contract packages under the projects financed by the lines of credits,” Mhatre was quoted as saying in Times Business last month.

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