Tenders to install wastewater treatment plants in the watersheds of the Rawal dam expire – Journal

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ISLAMABAD: The validity period of the bids opened by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) for the installation of three wastewater treatment plants (STP) in the watersheds of the Rawal dam has expired because the revised PC-I n could not get approval from the Planning Commission.

Last June, the CDA opened the financial offers for the project intended to stop the contamination of the reservoir.

According to the rules of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA), bids must be opened within three months and extendable for 90 days.

CDA officials said the revised PC-I was presented to the Planning Commission’s Central Development Working Group (CDWP) last month, but was postponed because the Pakistan Protection Agency of the Environment (Pak-EPA) opposed CDA’s decision to award the contract without an environmental impact assessment (EIA).

The Planning Commission last month postponed approval of the revised PC-I after Pak-EPA raised an objection, officials say

On the other hand, officials said, the project was in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) mode in which the design of the project also had to be done by the contractor without whom the EIA could not. not be performed. They indicated that the CDA had opted for the EPC mode on the direction of the Planning Commission.

“Yes, the validity period for the offers has expired. In EPC mode, the EIA is carried out after the project design and in this case the design was also the contractor’s mandate, ”said CDA spokesperson Syed Asif Raza.

Sources said that CDA is working to get special approval from PPRA to execute the environmentally friendly project. A new contract due to the increase in the dollar rate and subsequent inflation could increase the cost of the project.

In the absence of STP, the Rawal dam receives untreated wastewater from unplanned localities in its catchment areas, contaminating the water.

According to CDA’s plan, STPs will be set up in lower Shahdara, Bari Imam and near Banigala.

The interim cost of the project was 3.97 billion rupees, which would be shared by the Federal and Punjabi governments at 64 and 36%, respectively.

Following the approval of the Planning Commission, CDA received offers which were opened in June and a joint venture of four companies – Hanan, 3Ws, ZKB and Al-Fajar International – turned out to be the least saying.

The STP completion time was 14 months, which will process approximately 9.62 million gallons per day (mgd).

The Supreme Court, a few years ago, while hearing a suo motu case concerning the contamination of the dam, ordered the installation of STP.

After the expiry of the offers, the CDA sent a letter to the Planning Commission on December 27.

The letter read: “At the direction of the Planning Commission, the STP project was tendered in an EPC mode. The CDWP, while approving the project in November 2019, further ordered the engagement of an international consultant for the review and supervision of the project. The international consultant was therefore engaged for this purpose through a competitive process.

He indicated that in accordance with special instructions from the Planning Commission, the PC-I was revised on the basis of the lowest ECP offer received and submitted to the Commission for approval.

“Surprisingly, at the time of the approval of the competitive bid, the EIA requirement was raised by Pak-EPA despite the fact that the EPA was part of the entire approval process. “

The letter added: “The Planning Commission also raised objections on the selection of the technology (after tendering) and the whole process was practically blocked despite the fact that international consultants were engaged on the instructions. of the Planning Commission and that the selection of the technology was carried out by international experts. consultants and also approved by a technical committee set up for the project.

The CDA informed the Planning Commission that the validity of the offer had expired and that the project should be the subject of a new invitation to tender. Therefore, it is necessary to revise the PC-I, finalize the technology before the tendering process and prepare the EIA report.

Posted in Dawn, January 1, 2022

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