Councilors, restless for lighting tender process in Cali

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Municipal Companies are oriented to the service being provided by third parties, although the Trade Union of Workers (SIntraemcali) considers that it should be provided by the same entity.

Through an initiative of Councilman Carlos Hernando Pinilla Malo, president of the Commission of Decentralized Entities of the Cali Council, the technical progress of Emcali and the Municipality was put on the table to call for public service lighting.

Three months after the expiration of an extension with Megaprojects, the concessionaire of the service, .concejales declare themselves worried.

In December 2017 the Emcali agreement with Megaproyectos s.a. expired, which was extended by the parties until July 2018. On that date, it must be decided whether the local entity assumes it or a third party hires it.

Today, Emcali manages the contractual process to move to the led lighting system, a procedure that is worked with the Public Services Special Administrator Unit of the Uaesp Municipality.

What the manager says
“Currently, there are no documents approved by Emcali or authorized by the Board of Directors to deliver them to the public,” said Emcali general manager Gustavo Jaramillo before the Councilors of the Commission of Decentralized Entities.

The civil employee informed that until the 30 of June of this year the operation of the public lighting is in charge of Emcali through agreement signed with the Municipality until the year 2030, and the service lends it Megaprojects, with expiration December of 2017 and prorogation to July 2018. There is no conclusion on this, but Emcali could assume it, extend the concession with Megaprojects or hire a new operator.

Regarding the technology to be used, he added that this cost or technology is not defined either.

There is no tender, just three months after the extension between Emcali and Megaproyectos. We are going to quote the director of the Special Administrative Unit of Public Services of the Municipality

Councilman Pinilla Malo questioned that “there is no specific tender, just three months after expiring the extension between Emcali and Megaproyectos.” We are going to quote the director of the Special Administrative Unit of Public Services of the Uaesp Municipality with the purpose of specifying the state of said tender “.

The president of the Council, Carlos Hernán Rodríguez Naranjo said that “with the time it takes to get a public tender to the market, it could be said that Emcali will assume the management of street lighting or simply renew the contract with Megaprojects. to sit down to negotiate with the Uaesp, the construction of some sheets that demand urgency, since there are only three months to award said contract.The Uaesp, is an entity that has demonstrated inefficiency in local administration, so I do not believe that the times give to Emcali to answer for a service as essential as it is the public lighting “.

He stated that “the question that Emcali must resolve is whether it is Emcali who will assume that service or we will definitely continue the service with Megaprojects that he has not said no.” Such decision is in the hands of Emcali given that the agreement between Emcali and the Municipality goes until the year 2030. “

In that sense, Arias went to the figure of the right of petition before the Special Administrative Unit of Public Services of the Municipality, to know the status of the bidding documents to contract the public lighting service of Cali.

The specifications for contracting the public lighting service are rolling in the Uaesp, adjusting to favor someone … The same would be happening with the energy expansion service

According to councilman Roberto Rodríguez Zamudio, the municipality and Emcali have been making some sheets for public lighting for 17 years, “but as things go the contract will be extended by the parties. The specifications for contracting the public lighting service are rolling at Uaesp, adjusting to favor someone … The same would be happening with the energy expansion service “.

Rodríguez said that “what is evident is that there is bad planning within Emcali, so it is urgent that the control bodies intervene and discover the process of manipulation that takes place within the entity, especially in public lighting issues. and energy. “

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