The nation’s rail institute has been authorized to make a direct contract for 352 billion colons, about $647,000, for maintenance of the rights-of-way, mechanical work and other necessary services. The length of the contract is just 2.7 months, according to the Contraloría General de la República, which must approve such agreements.
The rail agency, the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles, got caught short and did not have time to conduct formal bidding for the work.
The Contraloría warned the rail institute that it must take the necessary steps to obtain the same services in future months. The budget watchdog noted that the railway was an essential service.