This is not the first such contract canceled due to lack of money. Earlier, Sprava zeleznic canceled, among others, a tender for wheelchair accessible platforms in Kolin.
Czech Sprava zeleznic (Rail Infrastructure Manager) canceled a tender, invited in June 2021, for the European Train Control System (ETCS) installation between Brno – Horni Herspice and Zastavka u Brna. The tender with a maximum value of CZK 485 million (cca 19 million EUR) was invited at a time when Sprava zeleznic itself admitted to the board that it did not have enough money. Resolutions of the board of directors show that last year, under Prime Minister Andrej Babis, some railway constructions were already threatened to be stopped.
“The contracting authority has postponed the date of implementation of this public procurement in view of adjustment in the expected amount of available financial resources for 2022,” Sprava zeleznic said in a written report of the contracting authority. The document states that only one bid was received: from AZD Praha.
Sprava zeleznic invited the tender on 4 June. Just a week later, its board of directors discussed information from the management about a lack of money. As stated in the board resolution, which CEETransport.com obtained under the Free Access to Information Act, “Due to insufficient coverage by the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure (SFDI), there is a real danger that constructions will be stopped.”
It is not clear why the Railway Infrastructure Manager invited the tender so early. The budget of the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure for last year expected that construction would not start before August 2022. The latest draft budget for this year foresees a postponement to January next year.
This is not the first such contract canceled due to lack of money. Earlier, Sprava zeleznic canceled, among others, a tender for wheelchair accessible platforms in Kolin. However, for the first time, thanks to a published resolution of the board of directors, it turned out that the money was already missing during the era of Prime Minister Babis’ government.
CEETransport.com has asked the Railway Infrastructure Administration for clarification.