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Follow rules in loco purchase

Worried TIB asks govt

Transparency International Bangladesh yesterday expressed concern over a government initiative to buy a railway engine from a particular company ignoring the procurement act.

Following related reports published in the news media yesterday, the anti-graft body demanded that the government obey the law and purchase the engine through a competitive tendering process.

The tender notice for the purchase imposed a condition that only one company could bid for it, said TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman in a statement.

This condition is against section 15 of the public procurement act and the character of international bidding, he said.

Iftekharuzzaman remarked that it is an example of complete ignorance on the part of the railways ministry, adding that it points to the railway sector being stripped of modernisation and illegal privileges offered to a section of people.

The engine's model is very old and its fuel cost is high. Besides, it is a two-stroke engine, meaning that it is not environment-friendly, he said.

He added that the attempt to buy the engine this way was unlawful and ill-motivated.

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According to news of 11th June, BD Railways is to buy the locomotives from India. India does not even ask for any extra business, they are just easily handed over new and bulk businesses. India has always supplied very poor quality products: food grains, buses, plant/crop seeds, fertilizers and many others. Yet there is no solution in the horizon for Bangladesh on dozens of issues with India. It is very unbecoming of a big and developing country that wants a seat in UN Security Council.

: Concerned

If BR buys latest engines then some issues need to resolve. 1. Will it run on current rails due to powerful traction? 2. Does BR has the technical knowledge to run it and maintain it? 3. Is it cost effective given fuel savings and other configurations?

: rch


  • Salahuddin Ayubi
    Wednesday, December 12, 2012 12:55 PM GMT+06:00 (164 weeks ago)

    I understand that railway has specified engine RPM to be between 900 and 1100 and to of two stroke design to favour a particular bidder from South Korea though the engine is of US design. The parent company, I guess, has stopped producing engine of this design. I do not see any particular reason for choosing two stroke engines as in this type of engine the scavenging process is not perfect and is the reason for higher fuel consumption compared to four stroke engine. For the same power a two stroke engine is mush lighter and hence is cheaper to produce. Four stroke engines is heavier and scavenging is almost perfect and fuel burns cleanly.





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