The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh has submitted a proposal to the cabinet committee on economic affairs to seek approval for the purchase of three sets of explosive detection systems without any tender .
The officials said that the CAAB in its proposal submitted to the cabinet committee last week stated that it wanted to purchase the EDS from Update Aviation Limited, Dhaka at the price of Tk 41 crore under the method of direct purchase to upgrade the digitization activities of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the city.
The cabinet committee for economic affairs, headed by Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, is expected to consider the proposal at a meeting on Sunday, the officials said.
In its proposal, CAAB also said that procuring EDS through open tenders would be time-consuming and might not serve the emergency needs of the country.
One of the EDSs will be installed to scan the carry-on baggage of passengers bound for New York while the others will be installed at the airport’s cargo village.
The initiative was taken to resume the Dhaka-New York flight from March.
Air services between the two cities have remained suspended since July 2006.
In 2017, the government installed two EDSs and other security equipment amid the UK’s announced ban on air cargo flying from Dhaka to London, citing the lax security system at the airport.
In 2018, the ban was lifted by the UK.
Officials said both EDSs had become old and nearly out of service.
They said two other EDSs installed last year under a project funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency are being used to scan cargo bound for the UK from Dhaka.
The officials said the cabinet committee on economic affairs was likely to consider another proposal submitted by the Home Office’s National Telecommunications Monitoring Center to purchase a modern geolocation system through the direct purchase method. .
The NTMC has been engaged in keeping the country safe since 2014.
Since 2008, the entity has been known as the National Observatory.