Delhi clarifies position over tender notice

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka

Delhi has clarified its position over a tender notice for a feasibility study on a container port in Narayanganj that appeared on the Indian foreign ministry web site which was unknown to Dhaka.
‘We received the mail (seeking clarification) on Tuesday and clarified the matter on Wednesday. It was an email communication,’ a senior official at the Indian High Commission in Dhaka told the news agency over phone on Thursday.
She said it was simply a misunderstanding and nothing serious, and it would not have any negative impact on Bangladesh-India friendly relations as it was simply an attempt to conduct a study.
On May 10, the Indian ministry of external affairs posted an advertisement on its web site inviting bids for ‘Techno-Commercial Feasibility study for setting up an Inland Container Port at Narayanganj, Bangladesh’.
Seeking a clarification how it had happened, the ministry of foreign affairs sent a letter to the Indian ministry of external affairs on Monday through the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.
Dhaka also asked the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi to inform the government back home how the tender notice was published without consultation with Bangladesh.
Foreign ministry officials, however, was not at all aware of the tender before it appeared on the Indian ministry’s website.
According to tender document, Kumudini Welfare Trust of Bengal Ltd, Bangladesh, owns approximately 46 acres of land in Narayanganj, on the bank of Sitalakhya River.
They have shown interest in establishing an Inland Container Port on this land jointly with an Indian partner having experience in setting and operating Inland Ports.
They offered companies around the world, including the Container Corporation of India Ltd (Concor), the job of preparing a detailed study, which includes traffic study, financial appraisal and a detailed report.
Development Partnership Administration of the ministry of external affairs had posted the tender invitation on the web site to facilitate Concor, an Indian public limited company.
‘Ministry of external affairs wants to undertake a techno-commercial feasibility study for this proposed project and invited bids for submission of proposals for conducting ‘Techno-Commercial Feasibility Study for Setting up an Inland Container Port Narayanganj, Bangladesh’, the tender notice reads.

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