Probe bodies formed over Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant purchase allegation

The government has formed two probe bodies to investigate the ‘abnormal’ high price paid for household articles to furnish apartments in multi-storey buildings under the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) Project in Pabna.

Two probe bodies were formed headed by an additional secretary and an additional chief engineer of Housing and Public Works ministry separately.

The information was known from a press release undersigned by Public Relations Officer of the ministry on Sunday afternoon.

The public works department purchased the household articles, including electric stove, electric kettle, room cleaners, televisions, refrigerators, pillows and washing machines, for furnishing 966 apartments constructed mainly for the Russian engineers and officials of the RNPP.

Each of the pillows was reportedly purchased for Tk 5,957 and lifted at a cost of Tk 760.

An electric stove reportedly cost Tk 7,747 and its lifting cost Tk 6,650.

The purchase price of an electric kettle was reportedly Tk 5313 and its lifting cost was Tk 2,945.

The public works department purchased a room cleaner for Tk 12,018 and lifted it at a cost of Tk 6,650.

An electric iron cost Tk 4,154 and its lifting cost Tk 2,945.

A television reportedly cost Tk 86,970 while its lifting cost Tk 7,698.

A refrigerator reportedly cost Tk 94,250 and its lifting cost Tk 12,521.

The country’s first nuclear power plant is being constructed at Rooppur in Pabna with more than $12 billion financial and technical assistance from Russia. One of the two reactors is expected to be commissioned in 2023.