Fishy deal detected in Nakhon Si Thammarat’s CCTV procurement scheme

The procurement of 1,400 CCTV security system cameras worth 196 million baht by provincial administration in Nakhon Si Thammarat province is turning fishy after alleged mal-practices are detected.

Thai PBS is investigating the deal and has detected several unusual practices in such procurement of such security system.

Such irregularities include higher median prices and winning supplier is new comer in the security system deployment.

The provincial administration’s approval of the budget to procure the security system with reason of rising crime rates and traffic accidents in the province.

It agreed to deploy 1,402 CCTV cameras in 251 locations under the responsible areas of 32 police stations in the whole province.

Invstigation by Thai PBS showed three significant changes in the procurement project from the original scheme.

Increasing CCTV cameras from 1,302 to 1,402; changing wireless camera system to cabling system.

Median prices for fibre optic cable are unusually fixed higher from 20 baht for a metre of 12-axial cable to 54 baht.

Such unsual practice has resulted in the median price for a kilometre of cable to jump to 54,000 baht from 20,000 baht at market price.

A total of 660 kilometres of cable was procured for the project or amounted to 35.6 million baht.

Further investigation also showed that the winning firm, PKT Engineering, is located in Narathiwat province and was registered with the Business Development Department with initial registered capital of 5 million baht. It has only one director.

The National Anti-Corruption Commission’s website also revealed the company had in the past awarded two government contracts related to LED lighting. The CCTV project in Nakhon Si Thammarat is the company’s first huge project that is worth almost 200 million baht.

Executives of the firm were not available for comments after Thai PBS visited it’s head office for information.