09.08.2019 | New abuses in the process of overhaul of interstate highways of Tavush region. Criminal case has been initiated

As a result of another large-scale study conducted by the State Interests Protection Department of the Prosecutor General's Office of the Republic of Armenia in the field of road construction, facts of forgery of documents granting the right, as well as abuse of powers by the employees of a commercial organization have been revealed.

 

By the study it has been found out that on March 30, 2018 an agreement has been signed between the Ministry of Transport and a consortium of 2 contracting commercial organizations on the overhaul of certain sections of M-16, M-4-Voskepar-Noyemberyan-M-6 interstate highways, the cost of which is 1 billion 298 million AMD.

 

By another agreement concluded with the Ministry of Transport, the implementation of technical supervision of the overhaul of the road has been entrusted to another commercial organization.

 

On July 3, 2019 an executive act has been approved between the Contractor and the Director of the Organization implementing technical supervision, as well as the technical inspector, which has granted the right to pay funds to cover hot fine-grained asphalt concrete on a separate part of the road from construction works /with a total 44479 sq.m. pavement 30,000 sq.m. “A” type հ = 4 with the cost of 110 710 600 AMD/. The act has been submitted by the contractor to the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructures of the Republic of Armenia for acceptance of the work performed.

Meanwhile, before that, on this part of the road, joint laboratory tests of extracts taken from the top layer of asphalt concrete pavement have been carried out, according to which, in separate areas of asphalt pavement, the density coefficient or height of the top layer of asphalt concrete pavement does not meet the requirements of the existing norms of road construction, about which prior to presenting the executive act for acceptance of work by a letter of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructures of the Republic of Armenia, the Contractor has been informed. In addition to that, the results of this joint test have also been confirmed by the signatures of representatives of a commercial organization. The cost of the overhaul of the road surface which is not in accordance with the building standards represented by the executive act of acceptance has amounted to 33.210.000 AMD.

In addition to that, it has also been found out that in the intermediate acts drawn up for acceptance of works, the data describing the acceptance of works have not been completely filled in.

 

That is, the study has shown that employees of the organization that oversees the overhaul of the road used their powers contrary to the interests of the company.

 

In particular, technical supervision has been carried out in violation of contractual provisions, works have not been carried out according to the required quality and scope, however, a fake executive act has been approved regarding their compliance with the established criteria, which has been presented for payment. The legitimate interests of the state have not been significantly damaged only because the responsible executive department of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructures of the Republic of Armenia has studied the mentioned executive act and the indicated works have not been accepted because of the detection of omissions in it.

 

Criminal case has been initiated by State Interests Protection Department of the RA Prosecutor General’s Office under Part 2 of Art. 325 and Part 1 of 34-214 of the RA Criminal Code and the implementation of the preliminary investigation of the case has been entrusted to the RA Investigative Committee.

 

Note that recently, as a result of a study conducted by State Interests Protection Department of the RA Prosecutor General’s Office on the possible abuse of powers by officials in the process of preparing capital repair projects in the same sections of the indicated interstate highway a criminal case has been initiated.