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Afghan firm cries foul over US contract

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Afghan firm cries foul over US contract

by Muhammad Hassan Khetab & Tanh

 An Afghan construction company alleged that a US firm failed to comply with its contract over building project and have been sidelined without proper notice.

The Nazir Marya Private Construction Company, responsible for the construction of a police headquarters in the Shahr-i-Buzerg district of northeastern Badakhshan is now in a limbo, after US Army Corps of Engineers, the main contractor, terminated its service.

The project, amounting to $600,000 (30 million afs), was given to Kainat Construction Company two years ago but works were stalled after Kainat disappeared, he added.

Mohammad Nazir Marya, head of the construction company told Pajhwok Afghan News that the Army Corps had awarded seven projects, involving the police headquarters, to Kainat.

Marya claimed that 80 per cent works on the project was completed by his company, Nazir Marya, but the Americans terminated their contract without prior notice and signed an agreement with Naikzad Brothers Construction Company at a cost of $1.1million.

The documents and photographs of the project handed over to Pajhwok revealed that most works had been completed and only installation of windows and painting works had to be done.

Army Corps terminated the contract without informing Nazir Marya and handed the project to Naikzad Brothers, while 80 per cent works were completed by Nazir Marya, according to the documents.

Marya said they spent more than $500,000 on the project and only received $35,000 from the contractor and now demands Army Corps to rehire them or pay damages.

“We have informed US Army Corps of Engineers through several emails that Kainat Company has fled, but they didn’t replay to us. So we stopped the construction works on the project,” added Marya.  

He said if they did not receive their money spent they may have to destroy the headquarters building, even though most works had been completed.

Col. Sher Ali, the Shahr-i-Buzerg district police chief said he was deployed in the area 18 months ago but work on the building had been stalled since late 2010. He said the project was completed by Marya’s company and only painting and windows installation remained undone.

He said a new contractor started working on the building but had to stop on the governor’s directive.

Governor Shah Waliullah confirmed the problem and said they would not allow anyone to work since the dispute among the contractors has not been resolved.

Attempts were made to get comments from Army Corps, but there were no response from the organisation.

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