Minister of National Planning and Infrastructure Mohamed Aslam stated on Thursday that MVR 1.5 billion worth of infrastructure projects, out of the MVR 2.5 billion allocated for this year, were already contracted.
Speaking at the Bidder Symposium held at Islamic Ministry, Minister Aslam stated that despite so many projects being contracted over, work has yet to commence on most of the projects.
"So far, we have awarded projects worth MVR 1.5 billion. However, disbursement is a little low since most of the projects have not been executed. It has not yet been too long since the projects were handed over. We estimate that notable progress will be seen within a year", he said.
According to the minister, it is the government's responsibility to ensure that the tendering process is carried out in a transparent manner, which was causing a delay in commencing some projects.
"The people do not care much about the process. They want to see projects being carried out at fast speeds. However, we have to oversee the transparent process, conduct fair evaluations and ensure that the project is handed over to a company with the capability of carrying out the project", Minister Aslam said.
Noting that several issues in the tendering process were spotted, both from government authorities and request for tender (RFT)s, Minister Aslam stated that solutions for such complications will be discussed in the conference.