SHC restrains ZDA from awarding bridge tender

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday restrained Zulfikarabad Development Authority (ZDA) from awarding tender for construction of 6-kilometer long bridge at Dhandhari where a new city had been planned along the coastal belt of the Thatta and Sujawal districts.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar gave this restraining order on a petition filed by private firm, RMG-AA-Meinhardt Joint Venture against awarding of tender for construction of bridge in violation to provisions of Sindh Public Procurement Rules, 2012.

The petitioner represented by advocate Samiur Rehman submitted that ZDA had invited tenders for construction of 6-km long post-tensioned bridge at Dhandhari, Thatta. It said that he submitted technical and financial proposal, adding that financial bid was opened on May 7, 2012.

The advocate stated that ZDA accepted his financial proposal for being lowest among others and he was issued letter in this regard. He said that he complied with all the requirements of tender but he was informed later that his proposal was rejected and another firm was asked to submit its proposal for construction work.

He pleaded to the court to declare the act of ZDA as illegal and in violation of SPPRA Rules 2010. The court was also prayed to restrain ZDA from awarding tender.

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