The Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism (MoCAT) has made a proposal to install radar at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HISA) using its own funds, instead of through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) that had been previously considered.
The ministry is thinking of installing of multimode surveillance system on its own financing and preparing to place a proposal at the Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase meeting which is scheduled to be held today.
Last year, responding to a tender, four reputed international companies submitted biding documents for supply and installation of the radar.
In October 2016, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) sent proposal to MoCAT for economic approval but the ministry omitted it over cost in line with 'Procurement Guideline for PPP Projects, 2016- 45.9C (2) section' and informed CAAB in last December with some guidelines.
MoCAT received the proposal on April 17, 2012 for a radar system management project under Private Public Partnership (PPP). Considering the conceptual proposal with modern technical solution and financial benefit avoiding huge amount of expenditure at a time, the ministry has decided to implement the project of Air Traffic Management System under PPP on priority basis.
The MoCAT invited a tender to implement the project under PPP on November 11, 2015 and later extended the deadlines for submission of the tender several times.
MoCAT got a voluntary proposal for a radar management project under PPP and Karim Associates, a contractor organization submitted a proposal worth at RK 190 crore. In 2013, The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave an approval for Tk 330 crore increasing it by Tk 559.60 crore. The ministry finally extended the deadline up to May 10, 2016 and directed the CAAB to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the qualified organisation by June, 2016 after concluding the tender processing, sources said. The expenditure had been increased several times and finally it reached to Tk 1700 crore and finally MoCAT cancelled the proposal for excess expenditure.
The radar system operation of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) is at high risk as it cannot meet the modern technical requirements even after upgrading it several times. CAAB has taken this project on priority basis because according to the guideline of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), by 2017 all the airports have to have the modernized Air Traffic Control (ATC), ATM system.
The existing radar system at HSIA comprises primary and secondary radar (10 years' lifetime) were installed in 1984 and 1986 respectively with the fund from the French Government. For upgrading the existing radar Tk 4 crore 54 lakh was spent in 1987, Tk 4 crore 5 lakh in 1994 and Tk 15 crore in 2008.