Terminated road contracts re-tendered
The Land Transport Authority [L.T.A.] will re-tender two road maintenance contracts, which had been terminated due to alleged poor workmanship.
Silva Transport and K.L.S.S. Landscaping Services last month had contracts for road repairs terminated over alleged “lack of performance”.
The two companies were further “blacklisted” by the L.T.A. from bidding for projects for the coming year.
The Authority said the action should serve as a warning to all companies currently carrying out Government work.
The L.T.A. Chief Executive Officer, Galumalemana Titi Tutuvanu-Schwalger, confirmed that the contracts, understood to be worth more than half a million tala each, would be open for business:
“We are re-tendering the contracts for the areas in question,” the C.E.O. said.
At the time of the contracts’ initial cancellation, the L.T.A. Chairman Taua Paul Phillips, said blacklisting companies was a new form of penalty attached to Authority contracts to serve as a deterrence against poor workmanship.
He further added that the terminated contracts should act as a warning to Government contractors with outstanding projects.
“The advice to all the contractors is to perform and meet the requirements of the contract. [Or] the final result [will be] the termination [of contract],” Taua said.
“Part of the termination [justification is] to [...add] weight [to] the consequences of non-performance; we can’t terminate [their contract] and [then] they put another bid into other projects for maintenance work.
“We want to emphasise that if you don’t perform we won’t consider [your company] and so the contractors that want to win [future] tenders [for] L.T.A. projects they need to be efficient and [adhere to the contract].”
Galumalemana declined to further comment noting that the tender process is underway.