PAC directs CDA to ensure transparency in biddings

ISLAMABAD: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Wednesday directed the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to ensure transparency in its bidding process and follow the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority’s rules, and submit its rules and powers of the board of directors today (Thursday).A meeting of the PAC chaired by Chairman Syed Khursheed Shah was held to discuss the audit objections on the Capital Development Authority. The PAC expressed shock and dismay over undue favours given by the Capital Development Authority to various contractors, and grant of certain contracts sans any bidding process in sheer violation of rules. The Public Accounts Committee directed the CDA to ensure provision of basic amenities, utility services to the successful bidders of plot to avoid refusal of instalments payment by the allottee, saying that the utility services have not been provided as per agreement.The PAC directed the Capital Development Authority to give possession of land or plot to a successful bidder after payment of 100 percent cost of land, and also allot plots only after open and transparent bidding in future. Post bidding changes in contracts must be avoided at any cost. The PAC directed the Capital Development Authority to devise a system to provide citizens a secure parking by charging nominal rates in various shopping centres. It has also sought report of the construction of two towers at the Constitutional Avenue.The meeting was attended by Shaikh Rashid Ahmed, Syed Naveed Qamar, Azra Fazal Pechchu, Arif Alvi, Sardar Ashiq Gopang, Shahida Akhtar Ali, Junaid Anwaar Chaudhary, and Shafqat Mehmood. The committee referred the case of Rs 276 million from the fictitious owners to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in which the Capital Development Authority had regularised 19 residential plots in model villages, despite no deposit of money. The Capital Development Authority had also regularised such plots despite their non payments. The PAC also sought details of contract awarded to a person for running a shuttle bus service in the Diplomatic Enclave.The contractor was doled out 4.5 acres of land on lease of just Rs 44,000 per month, that too for the period of seven years (2008-2015). The PAC expressed astonishment that the contract is charging Rs 200 to each passenger but the CDA getting nothing as compared to huge earnings by the contractor. The committee has directed the CDA to submit a report in this regard today. The PAC was surprised over CDA’s lackadaisical approach in recovering Rs 2,605 million from the owners of the Centaurus. The Capital Development Authority had also rescheduled the payment plan of Centaurus without seeking consent of the finance division. Capital Development Authority Chairman Maroof Afzal informed the committee that the owner had refused payments due to non provision of utility services to Centaurus.The same Pak-Gulf construction has also defaulted Rs 816 million to the civic authority, a representative of the AGPR informed the committee. The Capital Development Authority has also failed to recover Rs 427 million cost of land from the Pak-Gulf construction of allotting it a three-star hotel at the Rawal Lake roundabout. The committee was shocked to learn that the Capital Development Authority had offered post contract discounts to World Call and waived away charges of World Call in connection with Laying of Fiber Optic Duct Project, despite violation of agreement. 

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