They thought I was just trying to blacken Mayor Hřiby. The mayor and Prague themselves (specifically Adam Scheinherr and Jan Čižinský) defended the whole thing by “making the material more expensive”. But you know what? Paris has now built two new metro stations for half the money that Prague is planning. How is it possible that Paris can build a metro for about 4.6 billion crowns, while Prague around 10? I doubt there would be such a surplus of building materials in France. How about you, Mayor and Prague? Given the very strange selection, does it give me the impression that a friend’s software is recording here again?
52 billion crowns for overpriced metro D in a completely dubious tender under absurd and unfavorable conditions. This is exactly what the Pirate City Council pushed through and launched resistance from the opposition and the professional public. Yes, we were in favor of metro D and we wanted to build it, but so that the people of Prague would not have to overcrow their pockets for construction companies. Finally, we have an expert legal opinion, which proves and proves the City Hall of the mistake that Prague can lose many billions. Unnecessarily. But before I get to that, let’s go in order.
Why is the overcharge of metro D another pirate hoax in Prague?
Prague was originally supposed to get eight metro stations as a depot, for as much as 39 billion. In the end, he will get five stations without a depot for an increased price of at least 52 billion. Mayor Hrib claims that they have increased the prices of building materials. That is true, but … The tender for the construction of metro D was set in such a way that it disqualified a large number of potential suppliers. It was almost as if someone was “tailor-made” for him as a possible winner. This, of course, pushed the price up. According to the expert opinion, which we now have at our disposal in Prague, the Transport Company has abolished the obligation to act with due diligence on several points.
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1. The tenderers had an extremely short time to submit their tenders. Only 44 days. In this short time, it is not possible to properly study the tender documentation for such a large construction and set the appropriate price offer. The transport company even received a request to extend this period to at least six months, but I rejected it. This is completely illogical, because buildings of this size are usually given a much longer time. Prague thus went against itself, because the less offers it receives, the more advantageous they will be. In the case of the Libeň Bridge, for example, the deadline was extended without a problem for the same reason.
2. It’s a little complicated for us here. The four companies, which, by the way, chose in the end by “accidental” win, had the documentation available long before this deadline. Specifically, a half-year ago, when I discovered certain geological surveys. That’s plenty of time for them to prepare properly and make a clear winning bid.
3. These four companies, as has been said, knew the whole project very well and also had the geological surveys that are necessary for the proper pricing of underground structures. However, the municipality did not freely publish these surveys to others. In other words, he incomparably favored this quartet over all others who had to “guess” in their offers.
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The best comes to the end. Don’t laugh, because that’s how it really was: The transport company announced the entire contract so that the contractor will charge the work performed regardless of the statement of land and the project. In other words, we don’t know exactly how much it will cost in the end. It is not possible to assume because the Transport Company did not give the supplier practically any ceiling. To give you an idea, the Blanka tunnel was originally supposed to cost CZK 17.2 billion. In the end, it really cost CZK 43 billion. It is common for such large buildings to keep prices rising. So how much will we all, including you, pay for the pirate Metro D in the end? Nobody has a clue.
When the first wave of criticism arose against the City Hall for its obviously poor management of the Transport Company, when it forced him to overpay for the construction in the above-mentioned manner, the Pirates handed it over to the Office for the Protection of Competition for review. He didn’t find fault, but don’t be fooled. The joke that an ordinary citizen does not see is that the Office for the Protection of Competition does not examine whether the company in question is operating properly! This office only examines whether the laws have been formally complied with.
In other words, this office will never say whether Prague threw a billion crowns out the window by setting a wrong tender. They do not examine it at all from this point of view! This means that the conclusion of the Office is not at all sufficient in this case. At that time, Prague was to stop, not to sign the contract yet, and someone had to examine the whole matter in depth. But that did not happen, on the contrary.
Immediately after receiving the conclusion of the Office, the municipality hurried to sign this contract with the construction companies. Nevertheless, the Pirates knew that it would examine it further and more professionally. It gives me the impression that I wanted to “make a contract with my friends as long as they had the opportunity”. It wouldn’t be so easy later, once everything I wrote about came to the surface. As the legal opinion states: “The City Council therefore made a fundamental mistake in misinterpreting the DPP’s articles of association and in considering the Office’s decision (which may not be final) to confirm that the DPP’s board of directors acted with due diligence.”
Mayor Hřib then explained in the media that they concluded the contract so quickly that they could save Prague money, but that is nonsense. I quote the legal opinion again: “Unfortunately, there are no savings from concluding the contract quickly, and it can be assumed with high probability that the DPP will suffer damage as a result of the rapid conclusion of the contract. It simply seems that such damages can be in the tens of millions of CZK. “
As you can see, Hřib in Prague not only wastes public finances and leads non-transparent selection, but also purposefully lies and puzzles people in the media. Metro D, which we all wanted, but properly and seriously, is unfortunately just another of the Pirate Levairies, which will deprive us all of money. I just want to ask you, share this article with your friends. It is a shame how few people know what the Pirates are doing in Prague. Please spread this information so that we can finally change things!
I can’t suck the information in the article. I draw mainly from a professional document that was received a few days ago by the entire Prague City Council, from the law firm of Roger C. Cunningham, LL.M., who deals with this affair. I would just like to conclude by saying that this entire Metro D project is economically and politically highly dubious, that it is also being investigated by the European Commission. He was even criticized by people from the Pirates, such as the representative of Prague 4, who was elected as a pirate candidate and who accused the City of bias.
The article was taken from the Profile of Ing. Ondřej Prokop
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