A police panel looking into alleged corruption in the police station building construction scheme will today discuss a proposal to scrap a contract awarded to a sole contractor.
The contractor, PCC Development and Construction Co (PCC), was also invited to face questioning by the committee over its decision to abandon construction projects at several police stations nationwide, deputy national police chief Worapong Chiewpreecha said yesterday.
A police source said Pol Gen Worapong on Friday notified all affected police stations about measures intended to mitigate the impact of unfinished construction.
Pol Gen Worapong also ordered police stations to report on the exact progress of construction and how much money had been disbursed in the project.
Pol Gen Worapong asked for a complete report from each police station within 30 days, the source said.
The reports would be used to determine whether the contract with PCC that was due to expire on March 14 would be terminated, the source said.
A new order could be made to allow each provincial police office to arrange construction of its buildings individually so the process could be accelerated.
The panel, however, had not discussed whether it would also sue the contractor for failing to comply with the contract's terms and conditions, the source said.
Pheu Thai Party spokesman Prompong Nopparit, meanwhile, said not a single building at police stations in Andaman coast provinces had been finished.
The sub-contractors had abandoned their work a year ago, he said, citing a recent survey on construction sites in Phangnga, Phuket and Surat Thani.
The 9 billion baht project covered the construction of new offices at 396 police stations and 163 police accommodation buildings nationwide. About 1.5 billion baht of the budget had been disbursed but the construction had never progressed, Mr Prompong said.
He said former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his former deputy Suthep Thaugsuban, who was in charge of the national police, owed the public an explanation as to why the former government changed its approach to allow a single contractor to handle the contract. The former government had changed a policy that allowed each regional police office to arrange construction independently, he said.
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