ArmInfo."The situation with garbage collection in Yerevan is not yet critical, I hope we will be able to avoid it," said mayor of the capital Hayk Marutyan at a meeting of the Cabinet, asking the government for permission to purchase 15 garbage trucks in a short time.
As a result, on April 18, the Government of Armenia allowed to make purchases from one person by directly concluding a contract.
According to Marutyan, it was originally planned to use two operators for garbage collection. Yerevan was divided into 2 lots and, accordingly, a competition was announced to attract two operators. Meanwhile, although the de jure competition was won by two companies, Sanitek and Sanitek International, de facto the garbage collection in the city was entrusted to one company.
Marutyan points out that at the beginning of its activities, the company worked well, the machines were new and there were no problems with the technical condition. But over time, as a result of improper organization of work and problem maintenance, the equipment became unusable. "As a result, we are where we are", Marutyan said.
However, in October 2018, immediately after taking office as mayor, the capital's mayor called for Sanitek to seek the help of subcontractors. "It was obvious that the garbage trucks of the company are in an unsatisfactory condition, which is fraught with negative consequences, as was announced to the management of the company. The latter said they could not replenish the fleet because of financial problems, "the mayor said.
As a result, according to Marukyan, having foreseen the situation, the mayor announce a tender for the purchase of 24 garbage trucks. The results of the tender were appealed because, as the media wrote, the offer indicated the parameters for which only KAMAZ vehicles were suitable. The actions of the mayor's office, have caused discontent among competing companies and the Board on appealing procurement. An appeal to the court followed, and a return appeal from the city hall to the court.
At the same time, realizing that these actions would postpone indefinitely the solution of an issue requiring an operational solution, the city administration decided to turn to the Cabinet of Ministers, asking permission to purchase new cars on a non-competitive basis. In the end, the Government approved the initiative and allowed the purchase from one person.