India has proposed to extend a $50-million line of credit to the Guyana government for the East Bank/East Coast Road linkage project with the condition that the African country would engage an Indian consultant in consultation with New Delhi developing technical and financial parameters of the project.
The Indian party is also supposed to assist the Guyana government in the selection of an executing agency. Sources in the ministry of road transport and highways said that the ministry could not find a suitable public sector road project consultant. The ministry would now have to look for one from the private sector to carry out the job in Guyana, the sources added.
The ministry of external affairs (MEA) had in August last year requested MoRTH to give it a list of PSUs under its jurisdiction which may have the capability to undertake the task. However, in response, MoRTH had conveyed that there were no PSUs under its jurisdiction which are capable of undertaking the job.
MEA has written to the MoRTH again on April 6 requesting it to “kindly” convey a list of empaneled public or private sector consultants who may be suitable for the purpose.
The sources said, following MEA’s letter, MoRTH has already started working on the matter and soon float a tender seeking letters of intent from the interested parties belonging to the private sector for carrying out the task.
Vinayak Chatterjee, chairman, Feedback Infrastructure Services, said there is a wealth of talent in India from the private sector for the job and companies engaged in the job. “These are doing commendable job in various parts of the world including South-East Asia and Africa and thus, it would not be much of a problem for MoRTH to select one from them,” he said.
MoRTH has six associate offices under its jurisdiction, with National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) being the biggest of them. However, NHAI often gives away the consultation part of a highway project to private