Kality to Get Transportation Terminal


Out of the total 12 companies, nine of them are local firms




A dozen of construction companies are vying to construct the Kality transportation terminal, located in Akaki Kality District, for an estimated cost of half a billion Birr.

The Public Procurement & Property Disposal Services (PPPDS) floated the tender on behalf of the Federal Transport Authority on February 27, 2018. The Service opened the bids of participating companies at its premises on April 18,2018.

Out of the total 37 companies that purchased bidding documents, 12 of them returned the bidding document. Out of the 12 companies companies that submitted three were Chinese, the remaining being local companies.

China Jiangsu, CGCOC Ethiopia Ltd and China Railway No. 3 Engineering are the three Chinese companies that are vying with the local companies to construct the terminal which will be lying on a 31,000sqm of a plot. The terminal will have a four-storey building designed for offices, shops, restaurants, ticket offices and waiting rooms.

Tekleberhan Ambaye, FE, Shed General, Flintstone Engineering and Dugda Constructions are among the local firms bidding to construct the terminal which will be the departure point for transporters to the South, Southeastern and Eastern parts of the country. The remaining local bidders include Satcon Construction, Bereket Endashaw Construction, Tilahun Abebe General Contractor and Amhara Building Works Construction Enterprise.

Ethiopian Construction Design & Supervision Works Corporation, a company established in 2015, designed the terminal. It was paid more than two million Birr for the soil survey, data collection, design, redesign and document preparation.

The Corporation has previously worked on Ribb, Gidabo dams, water supply projects such as the Akaki and Legedadi water wells. As well as the construction of Gondar, Ambo and Haramaya universities and airfields of the Shire, Jinka and Kombolcha airports.

“We have designed a modern and up to date terminal which will be a model for our country,” said a Getu Gizaw, a project coordinator at the corporation.

A committee of five members, composed of consultancy firms and the Authority, was formed to evaluate the technical and financial documents of the bidders. The project is expected to be finalised after three years.

“For this year, we have planned to complete the process of selecting the contractor,” said Yohannes Bekele, deputy director at the Authority for corporate services. “Construction will be starting next year,” he adds.

“The study to renovate the terminal stalled for three years,” Yohannes said, “design revisions and the cancelled tender process to hire a contractor, were the major reasons.”

The existing terminal serves 1,000 passengers a day, and its capacity is expected to grow to 5,000 passengers after the completion of the project.

Currently, FTA administers six terminals which are located in the five gates of the city such as Kality, Ayer Tena, Asko, Lamberet and the eldest Addis Ketema terminal. Addis Ketema terminal possesses two terminals, one for the cross-country buses and the other for short distance services.

Habtamu Melese, a consultant for more than 13 years on the transport sector and president of Lucy consulting engineers, advises that the terminal should be integrated with public transports, to be easily accessible for passengers.

“The terminal should be comfortable for those with disabilities, and have health centre for emergencies,” Habtamu suggests.

 



By BERHANE HAILEMARIAM
FORTUNE STAFF WRITER

Published on Apr 22,2018 [ Vol 18 ,No 939]


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