The HUF 100 billion (EUR 370.41 million) railway modernisation of the line between Szajol and Püspökladány will be carried out by two consortiums led by construction company Közgép, the National Infrastructure Developer (NIF) has announced. The left-leaning daily Népszabadság said the amount available for the project was initially nearly HUF 25 billion (EUR 92.61 million) lower and had it remained the same, Közgép's bid would have been ranked only third because it was higher than the money allocated for the project. The amount of the bid did not make much difference, however, because NIF had disqualified all the other bidders for reasons unknown, Népszabadság said.
The paper asserted that Közgép can be linked to Lajos Simicska, the president of the National Tax Office during the first Orbán cabinet, and that the companies barred from the project are likely to appeal to the public procurement arbitration court.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 June 2011 08:14