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The Dana Handassa engineering company has won a Public Works Department (PWD) supervision contract for Macabit Highway 471 based on a tender that was adjusted in favor of the winning company, sources claimed.

The sources said the tender had given only 30 percent weight to price, which is below the norm; tenders usually award the contract to the bidder with the lowest offer.

The sources said the tender's conditions gave a greater weight to the bidding company's "acquaintance with the project." This would give an unfair advantage to Dana Handassa, which is partly owned by Danny Holtzman, since Holtzman has been involved in the project since it was first planned six years ago.

The contract for supervising Highway 471 - which will link Kiryat Ono with the Trans-Israel Highway and whose construction is expected to begin within days - is estimated to be worth NIS 7-10 million. Before the tender was issued, the PWD had asked the tenders committee to hire

Holtzman as project supervisor without issuing a tender due to his experience. The department confirmed that it made a request to hire Holtzman without a tender process (the request was denied), but denied setting the tender's conditions to improve his chances of winning.

The PWD yesterday confirmed the granting of the contract to Dana Handassa. Holtzman did not respond to the announcement.