Bidders fear bus, boats deals already sealed

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Tenders for a provision of buses and boats are due to close soon but there is speculation about contracts being granted to a long-favoured company.

Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) is seeking new buses to supplement and replace vehicles in its fleet.

And the Port Authority wants two boats for its domestic run.

The results of the public tenders are not officially expected to be known soon but there are concerns in the public transport sector about awards being granted to a previous provider.

Some bidders are questioning whether they have a fair opportunity in securing the contracts since, they argue, the previous provider is politically aligned.

The company is said to have close links to a government senator and other public officials.

The firm had secured contracts on three previous occasions for the provision of buses.

The company is associated with a hospitality organization.

An official of a bidding firm said he fears that “a deal has already been sealed.”

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