Bihar govt cancels Mega Bridge tenders for having Chinese partners

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After violent faceoff between Indian Army and PLA in eastern Ladakh fortnight ago, almost everyone across the nations called for boycott of Chinese manufactured goods. Many government projects which were awarded to Chinese companies are also being cancelled.

The Bihar government is the latest to cancelled the tender awarded for construction of a new mega bridge parallel to Patna’s iconic Mahatma Gandhi Setu as two of the four contractors selected for this project had Chinese partners.

“2 of the 4 contractors who were selected for construction of a new bridge parallel to Mahatma Gandhi Setu, had Chinese partners. We asked them to change their partners but they didn’t, so we cancelled their tender. We have called for applications again,” said State Minister for Road Construction Nand Kishore Yadav.

The 2 chinese companies are China Harbour Engineering Company and Shaanxi Road Bridge Group Company who were among the bidders for this project of bridge construction which is 14.5 km long and it includes the construction of a 5.634 km bridge which runs parallel to the existing Mahatma Gandhi Setu across the Ganga river and the project was cleared by central government in December last year.

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The Swadeshi Jagran Manch also demanded that the Central government should cancel a tender for construction of an underground stretch of Delhi-Meerut Expressway awarded to Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Company Limited which is a Chinese company. Government officials had then clarified that it is funded by Asian Development Bank and they cannot cancel the project as cancelling the project will be against the rules of contract.

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