CDA to begin development work on I-12 tomorrow – Newspaper

ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) is ready to start development works in the blocked area of ​​I-12 from Wednesday (tomorrow).

The work will be carried out by a private contractor, said an official of the civic body.

According to a statement issued by the CDA, work in two sub-areas of I-12 will officially begin from June 1, while work in the remaining two sub-areas will soon be launched through a government contractor.

“We have awarded the contract for the development of two sub-sectors to a private contractor against Rs542 million and the contractor will start work from Wednesday. Whereas for the remaining two sub-sectors, we will contract a government-owned company to carry out work under Rule 42(f) of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority rules,” a CDA official said. , adding that the groundbreaking ceremony for the project will be held in I-12 before formal work begins.

There are more than 6,000 residential plots in the area and once developed it will be a major contributor to affordable housing in Islamabad, officials said, adding that the area was started decades ago but no no serious attempt has been made for its development. Apart from other challenges, the underdeveloped area has been used as a dumping ground for many years.

In the past, the civic agency had awarded contracts for the construction of main and feeder roads in this area, but both contracts could not be completed due to a number of controversies.

A few months ago, a Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) official filed a First Information Report (FIR) against several CDA officials accused of contributing to irregularities in roadwork. I-12 service.

Earlier, in 2015, CDA awarded a contract worth Rs 248.4 million for the construction of trunk roads in the city, which is also still not completed. Work on the main roads may not have been completed due to a dispute between the contractor and the civic agency.

CDA officials said a new survey was conducted later, but about 20 percent of the work on major road construction was still incomplete. In 2020, CDA approved PC-1 worth Rs 8.2 billion for sector development including comprehensive infrastructure development, electrical and mechanical works and supply of equipment and other services.

Posted in Dawn, May 31, 2022