MoPIT to keep contractors in check through new system

Kathmandu, August 28

Considering the rise in low-quality works and delay in completion of infrastructure projects, the government has initiated the process to develop contract management system (CMS).

According to Madhusudan Adhikari, secretary at the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport (MoPIT), once ready, the concerned authorities will be able to get all necessary details of the contractor, including the number of contracts they are handling, their performance overview, among others, through the system.

“The system is being developed to address the recurrent problems related to contractors - including how they tend to delay the construction after winning the bid and difficulty in monitoring them,” Adhikari said.

The MoPIT has instructed its line offices to collect the data of contractors. The ministry aims to make the contractors largely responsible for timely completion of the projects handed over to them. The contractor will be liable to update their progress through the system along with proof of the work done. “In case any contractor is falling behind schedule, the CMS will notify both them as well as the line ministry,” said Adhikari, adding that the system will make it easier for the government authorities to keep tabs on contractors.

“The concerned authority may impose a fine on errant contractors and even terminate the contract if they continue to struggle to meet the set deadlines.”

According to Adhikari, the CMS will include bridge site management system (BMS), quality monitoring system (QMS), bridge health monitoring system (BHMS) and smart licence printing (SLP) and distribution system.

The government is planning to launch the CMS within the ongoing fiscal year.

Stating that anomalies in infrastructure development has proliferated in collusion with government officials on a number of occasions, Adhikari informed that the government is also mulling over ways to hold the officials responsible for any shortcomings as well.

Adhikari also pointed at the possibility of making necessary changes in the Public Procurement Act to bring about positive changes in the sector.