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- Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - From Print Edition


ISLAMABAD: The Engineering Development Board (EDB) has blocked Dewan Engineering Ltd’s (DEL) request for allowing local production of Tumosan tractors on the ground that the said model does not exit anywhere in the world, official sources told The News on Tuesday.


The Board, in its observation, said that the mentioned model/brand by Tumosan Tractors DT-550 has never been produced. Similarly, A-Ghazi Tractor Ltd (AGTL) claimed, “the said model is a pirated copy of using 90 per cent local components developed by AGTL vendors for its tractors,” disclosed a participant of the meeting.


Dewan Automotive Engineering Ltd requested the EDB for the launch of Dewan Tumosan Tractor, DT-550, 55HP, 4X2 in Pakistan and the matter was referred to Fiscal Issues-Indigenisation (FII) Sub-Committee for technical findings.


“The committee after going through the findings decided not to allow assembly/manufacture of Deewan Tumosan Tractor of 55HP, 4x2 in Pakistan,” confirmed an official of the EDB.


The committee comprising Wasi Uddin, GM (Business Development) PMTF, Muhammad Umar Barak Zai, DGM EDB and Akbar Jameel, Rep Defence Production MVRDE raised a number of issues on technical grounds and placed the issue before the Auto Industrial Development Committee (AIDC) for a decision.


The committee on FII in its findings observed that there is no doubt about the capability to produce any tractor at their plant situated in Hub Industrial Estate.


The parts catalogue is not original rather it is a pirated copy of the Fiat catalogue. Even the original Tumosan catalogue was not found, it added.


The original tractor ie the Tumosan DT-550 made by Tumosan, Turkey was not available and even its existence was not formally confirmed by the Dewan Automotive Engineering Ltd team, the committee said in its findings on the issue, adding that 100 per cent drawings are still not available with Dewan Automotive Engineering Ltd.


The committee further observed that the most important thing is that no detailed specification of the licensed tractor DT-550 is mentioned in the Technical Assistant Agreement. Both the appendices were found blank.


The vendor verification report also does not support Dewan Automotive Engineering Ltd and the vendors are reluctant to do business with the company in view of late payments, it concluded.