The Senate Standing Committee’s communications subcommittee on Wednesday expressed dissatisfaction with the bidding process for National Highway Authority (NHA) contracts, calling for a report on all projects within three days.
The meeting chaired by Senator Saifullah Abro reviewed the projects including the Larkana-Khairpur bridge and ring road.
The organizer said that a lower than normal ratio would not be accepted. The NHA promised to submit a report on all projects within three days.
The organizer said they will not allow single company monopoly in any area adding that no institution in Pakistan can stand before Frontier Works Organization (FWO) and National Logistics Cell (NLC) .
“The NLC and the FWO are awarded contracts without competitive bidding; one company is rejected and the other is approved,” he said, adding that the reasons for the failure of PC-1 were not given.
“There was no fair bidding for this project; I will prove it,” he added.
NHA officials informed the meeting that the FWO was rejected when its chief executive failed to sign the contract, adding that paperwork had to be completed to participate in the bid, while any company could apply to the grievance committee.
“Don’t tell us the story. Write down the reason the companies were rejected. The NHA is getting rid of this case…the president should introduce himself,” the organizer said.
The organizer added that a claim of 10 billion rupees was given during the 2010 floods, questioning why no objections were raised when there was a discrepancy in the consultant’s estimate.
“I’m from Larkana, there was no flooding in 2010,” Abro said. “The contractor didn’t do any work before the flood; we will have this project tested again. You give me your report, I’ll give you my report. I will not follow what the NHA says. He said he couldn’t blindly believe in anything.