Yesterday Kharkiv City Hall reported that a trolleybus depot No. 2 bought 10 Czech trolleys – five Skoda TR14 and five Skoda TR15. Some electric coaches even ride on the routs already.
The contract made in spring has been observed despite this summer corruption scandal and the police investigation into the case of the overpayment from the city budget.
In July, Kharkiv Anticorruption Center informed that Kharkiv paid 2-3 times more for the used Czech trolleys than other Ukrainian cities. Here almost UAH 20 million ($750,000) were paid for 10 used Skoda trolleybuses, it’s UAH 2 million each. At the same time, Sumy paid the same price for new trolleybuses. In Ivano-Frankivsk and Rivne, the public transport companies bought used trolleys, identical to the Kharkiv’s purchase, for UAH 600,000 to 670,000 each.
Member of Kharkiv Anticorruption Center Yevhen Lisichkin notes that activists in Kherson made the authorities give up the acquisition of Czech trolleys after they found out the municipal company was going to pay UAH 1.1 million for each.
“The public was outraged because 1.1 million hryvnias was very expensive according to their analysis! And they gave up to make the contract. But it was twice cheaper than in Kharkiv,” says Lisichkin.
The officials assured that trolleybuses bought by Kharkiv were different from those in other regions because they were upgraded. However, the Kharkiv Anti-Corruption Center activists claim that the technical documentation for purchase tender is the same in all the cities.
Kharkiv police have been investigating the case concerning Czech used trolleybuses contract since July.
Text: Olena Sokolynska
Photo: City Hall