Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 9th 2015 Contents A41
Thursday, July 9, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
The Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (the Authority) invites sealed Tenders from suitably qualified companies/firms
registered in Trinidad and Tobago for the following project:
"REPAIRS TO THE STORAGE WATER TANKS NOS. 1, 2 AND 3 AT PIARCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT."
Tender Documents can be obtained upon payment of a non-refundable Tender Fee of $500.00 TTD at the Administration Centre,
South Terminal, Piarco International Airport from July 6th, 2015. (A copy of this receipt must be submitted with the
Prospective tenderers are required to attend a Mandatory Pre-Tender site visit to acquaint themselves with the conditions
which may affect their tendering. The mandatory Pre-Tender meeting is scheduled for July 10th, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the
North Terminal Conference Room, Piarco International Airport, Piarco.
Tenderers must submit one (1) original and four (4) copies of the Tender in sealed envelopes labeled:
"Repairs to the Storage Water Tanks Nos. 1, 2 and 3 at Piarco International Airport."
and addressed to
The envelopes must be deposited in the Tender Box located in the Lobby of the Airports Administration Centre no later than
2:00 p.m. on August 5th 2015.
The Tenders will be opened publicly shortly thereafter at 2:30 p.m. Tenderers or representatives may be present at the opening.
Late Tenders will not be considered in any circumstances. Tenders submitted by means of facsimile or email shall not be considered.
The Authority will not defray any cost incurred by Tenderers during the preparation and/or submission of their Tender.
The Authority does not bind itself to accept the lowest or any other Tender.
Failure to attend the mandatory pre bid meeting and site visit will result in disqualification of the tender.
Secretary -- Tenders Committee
Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago
Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago
Golden Grove Road
REPAIRS TO THE STORAGE WATER TANKS
AT PIARCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
BAN LUEAM---Under the scorching
sun, dozens of Thai villagers, dressed
in flowery shirts and traditional cos-
tumes, parade a white cat caged in a
bamboo-woven basket door-to-door
and let neighbours splash water on
the unlucky feline, while chanting an
ancient tune: "Rain, rain, come pour-
ing down. We barely had any this year.
Without rain, our rice will die."
It s a desperate plea to the god of rain,
in the belief it will hear the cat s cry
and answer the farmers prayers.
Thailand s rainy season officially
began in the last week of May, but it
rained only once in the Ban Lueam dis-
trict in northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima
province. It is one of more than 250
districts---or nearly 20 per cent of the
country---that have been declared emer-
gency disaster zones as the prolonged
drought becomes the worst in decades,
its impact felt most acutely by farmers
growing Thailand s most important
agricultural export: rice.
At the beginning of July, the amount
of usable water in major dams across
the country---except in the west---
dropped to below 10 per cent, according
to the Irrigation Department. The water
level at Bhumibol Dam has dropped to
its lowest point in 51 years.
In the capital, Bangkok, the Metro-
politan Waterworks Authority has been
slowing down tap water production
since May. The head of the authority,
Gov Thanasak Watanathana, said with-
out rains, the current water supply for
daily consumption in Bangkok and its
nearby provinces will last only 30 days.
However, he said forecasters are expect-
ing rains next month.
For rice farmers, it may already be
The drought and the critical water
shortage in dams have prompted the
Agriculture Ministry to ask farmers to
hold off on planting their crops. The
Office of Agricultural Economics esti-
mated that the delay could cost farmers
in Thailand s central plains alone 60
billion baht (US$1.8 billion) in potential
"Every year in the past, in June and
July, in every part of the country---the
north, the central or the northeast---
farmers would have started planting
their rice," said Sompong Inthong, the
permanent secretary at the Agriculture
"The real damage will be with those
who have already planted but there s
not enough water. We have to look at
how we can help them."
The Royal Rainmaking and Agricul-
tural Aviation Department have sent a
fleet of propeller aircrafts on more than
3,000 flights since March to increase
precipitation by cloud seeding, an arti-
ficial rainmaking technique spearheaded
by King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Despite
the high rate of success, it did little to
fill the dams.
Together with Vietnam, Thailand is
one of the world s top rice exporters.
But because of the drought, the Office
of Agricultural Economics estimates
this year s main crop will decrease by
11 per cent, or about 24 million tons
from the average of 27 million tons per
The Thai Rice Exporters Association
says at least 3 million tons of off-season
rice has disappeared from the stock
since the beginning of the year due to
the drought. (AP)
PRAYERS AND A PUSSYCAT
Crippling drought threatens livelihoods
Thai farmers ask
spirits for rain
Thai villagers parade throughout their village with a caged cat as part of
ceremonies praying for rain in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, recently. AP PHOTO
Water buffaloes graze near a drought damaged area downstream from Lamtakong dam in Nakhon
Ratchasima, Thailand, yesterday. Thailand's rainy season officially began in the last week of May, but it
rained only once in the province. AP PHOTO
Links Archive July 8th 2015 July 10th 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page