The Ankara-İzmir high-speed train project, which was awarded to ERG İnşaat for 2 billion 163 million euros and whose bid was challenged for “irregularity” and “illegality”, has been approved by the Council of ‘State. The giant tender has been described as “the largest tender in the history of the Republic”.
The tender for the Ankara-İzmir high-speed train project, which was awarded to ERG İnşaat for 2 billion 163 euros, was granted by the Council of State. The giant tender was challenged for “irregularity” and “illegality”.
Based on news from OdaTV’s Eneshan Solmaz; The 13th Chamber of the Council of State, following the decision of the High Court, decided that the conditions for canceling the call for tenders were not met.
with the Kazan case citing currency fluctuation, ERG İnşaat demanded a 65% increase in auction fees. If the Department of Transportation approves it, it will cost an additional $1.5 billion.
MANUFACTURED ‘BY NEGOTIATION’
The tender for the Ankara-İzmir YHT route was awarded to ERG İnşaat on October 14, 2020, with a “negotiable method” of 2 billion 163 million euros.
A $2.3 billion financing loan agreement has been signed with the UK for work on the externally funded project. The bank that granted this loan was Swiss Credit Suisse, whose name did not fall on the agenda with “money laundering”.
ALLEGED “IRREGULARITY” AND “BREACH OF LAW”
The Ankara-İzmir high-speed train project, which is defined as the “largest tender in the history of the Republic”, has never been on the agenda since the date of the call offers in 2020.
It has been claimed that although it should be prepared in accordance with the European Union Rules on Procedures for Foreign Assistance Contracts (PRAG) in internationally funded work, these rules have not been followed. .
While every foreign-funded tender over 5 million Euros was to be done through the “open tender” method, the tender awarded to ERG İnşaat was done by the “negotiation” method. The technical qualification criteria were also ignored in the tender.
For all these reasons, a lawsuit was filed with the 15th Administrative Court of Ankara, claiming that the tender was against procedure. The court approved the offer. Thereupon, the construction company KMB initiated the appeal procedure and brought the case before the Council of State.
TCA: THE RESULT OF THE CALL FOR TENDERS HIDDEN FROM THE PUBLIC
In the application made to the Council of State, he argued that the principles of “competition and transparency”, which are among the basic principles of the call for tenders, have been violated, that the call for offers were made through the “invitation” procedure, and that the “procedure” and “sector” were completely ignored.
Indeed, it was revealed in the report of the Court of Auditors during the trial that; The result of 9 giant tenders launched by the Ministry of Transport has been hidden from public opinion. The cost of the hidden tenders was 93 billion 895 million Turkish liras. One of the hidden tenders was the tender for the Ankara-Izmir high-speed train at a cost of 2 billion 163 million euros.
The company that won the tender was ERG İnşaat company. Previously, it was on the agenda with the tender for the Adana-Pozantı highway with the “Build-Operate-Transfer” model worth TL 4 billion.
CHP MP Deniz Yavuzyılmaz claimed that there was a public loss of 156 million euros in this tender.
‘PERMISSION’ IS GIVEN BY STATE STATES
Last week, the 13th Department of the State Council finalized the Izmir-Ankara high-speed rail tender, which was never on the agenda.
President Nevzat Özgür, members Süleyman Hilmi Aydın, Dr. Hasan Gül, İlker Sert, Fatih Mert Applause unanimously ruled that the decision of the 15th Administrative Court of Ankara was appropriate and decided that there was no no reason to “return” the offer.
ERG CONSTRUCTION REQUESTED HIGH TENDER FEES
with the Kazan case citing foreign currency fluctuation, ERG İnşaat demanded a 65% increase in auction fees. This will lead to a new additional cost of approximately $1.5 billion.
It is indicated that the request for an additional increase from ERG Construction will be discussed and decided by the Ministry of Transport later this week.
AKKUM: WE WILL SUBMIT IT TO THE HIGHEST JURISDICTION
Faruk Akkum, the owner of the KMB company, who applied to the State Council for the cancellation of the tender, said that the reasoned decision had not yet reached his hands and said “We will follow this case until the end, if necessary. , we will go to the highest court. The procedure and the discovery of this tender, everything is wrong,” he said.