Monday, July 20, 2015

Cong ministers from Assam & Goa named in U.S. bribery scam

New Jersey-based construction management firm, Louis Berger International Inc, has been accused in the US of bribing Indian officials to bag two water development contracts, one in Goa and the other in Guwahati, around 2009-10.Louis Berger is alleged to have paid a bribe of $10 million (approx. Rs 6 crore) for the Goa project, with some of the money apparently going to a minister, the US justice department has said without revealing details.Former Goa PWD Minister Churchill Alemao's name has surfaced as a possible bribe taker. When the contracts were awarded, Congress leader Digambar Kamat was the CM and Churchill Alemao was the Public Works Department Minister.

The Indian and Japanese government joined hands for a five-year project to improve Goa's water supply and sewerage by expanding, rehabilitating, and building water and sewerage facilities.

Louis Berger was part of a consortium for the project that included two Japanese firms and an Indian partner.

The team developed a project management information system and plan, evaluated bids, reviewed design and construction plans, and ensured quality work was done on time and within budget, the company says on its website.
Louis Berger has offices in India since 1998, currently in Gurgaon, Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad.