The coalition party "Unity" has decided to ask Prime Minister Maris Kuccinskis (ZZS) and Transport Minister Uldis Augulis (ZZS) to suspend the announced tender for the railway electrification project, because the party has "legitimate concerns" about its usefulness and legality, says statement from party media.
After the hearing with the responsible institutions, the party still has unanswered questions "both about the electrification project itself and about the hasty tender procedure".
"For example, how will the electrification project affect the train fares on the main Latvian ports? What is the reason why the tender stipulates that the application dossier must be submitted only in Latvian, which significantly impedes the participation of foreign companies in the tendering process? In response to our requests, we demand that the announced procurement procedure be suspended for the implementation of the rail electrification project, "said party leader Arvulis Aseraden.
MEP and Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš, MEP, said: "there must be logical and clear answers to our questions, so that we can be sure that the implementation of a large infrastructure project is useful, in the general interest and in accordance with best practice. "
The rail electrification project is the most ambitious infrastructure development project in this EU fund programming period. The decision to first electrify the line from the eastern border to Riga, the electrification of the lines from the eastern border to Riga, was carried out for the first time last year by the government at the beginning of the battle for the electrification of the railways, as a result of which the electrification of Ventspils direction was postponed.
The total costs of the project amount to more than one billion euros. The only trials, or 347 million of the total of more than € 440 million needed for the first stage of electrification, constitute EU funding. There is no clarity about where you can take money for the second and third phases.
This is one of the reasons why a part of the transit industry is looking at this project with a creepy skepticism. This is exacerbated by the refusal of the Ministry of Transport officials and the management of "Latvijas dzelzceļš" to explain the impact of ambitious investments on rail tariffs, which are already being overly high.
Tendering proclaimed on 10 August – negotiation procedure for an electrification project.