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Trinidad PM: Corrupt engineers inflating State contracts

Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley has said over-in­flat­ed en­gi­neer es­ti­mates at gov­ern­ment min­istries have cost this coun­try mil­lions of dol­lars over the years.

Dur­ing his ad­dress at the sod-turn­ing cer­e­mo­ny in Val­sayn yester­day for the Curepe In­ter­change Project, the Prime Min­is­ter slammed the ini­tial in­flat­ed cost at­tached to the project un­der the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment.

In 2013, the project was es­ti­mat­ed to cost $513 m.

Af­ter that es­ti­mate, a bid of $522 m was ac­cept­ed for the con­struc­tion of the project in 2013. How­ev­er, due to the con­tro­ver­sies sur­round­ing the project, it was not start­ed.

“But how could we have ap­proved $530 m and to­day the same thing is be­ing built for $221 m? The ques­tion is where is that ex­tra $230 m go­ing? And who was get­ting that?” asked Row­ley.

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