CDA censured over coffee, laundry shops tendering process

Senate committee order re-tendering of the services after having names of irrelevant parties in the list of bidders




Senate Deputy Chairman and Senate Committee House Chairman Saleem Mandviwalla Wednesday censured Capital Development Authority (CDA) officials for poor management while issuing tenders of shops at the Parliament Lodges.

He, while chairing the committee meeting, expressed his discontentment over the names of irrelevant parties in the list of bidders for coffee shop.

The CDA director general Services told the committee that around six bidders participated in the tendering process including Mocca Coffee Shop, Friends Associate, Green Land Cottage and Gul Enterprises. Other than the first name mentioned, the director general services failed to recognize the remaining bidders as true coffee shops.

The chair inquired that how they would ascertain either the mentioned were coffee shops or not where the director general services admitted that he did not know the whereabouts of the others as Mocca Coffee Shop was known to everyone.

For the laundry shop tendering, the deputy director services Kamran Bakht maintained that there were only two bidders so that their tenders were opened on the same day to have healthy competition among them.

The chair directed re-tendering for the laundry shop and expressed his dissatisfaction over the tender issuing process.

Madnviwalla directed the CDA chairman to investigate the matter that how the fake bidders were allowed to participate in the tendering process without inquiry.

CDA Chairman  Amir Ali Ahmed said he would look into the matter, however, the department concerned and its director were solely responsible for the process.

He said the director general and directors concerned were responsible for issuing tenders and should have scrutinized the process.

“It is the first time, the contract for coffee shop has been awarded to the right coffee outlet – Mocca Coffee Shop – as earlier irrelevant parties used to get tenders,” Amir Ali Ahmed said.

In the beauty parlor bidding process, the committee chairman directed Senator Kulsoom Parveen and Senator Samina Saeed to have an interactive meeting with the ladies’ bidders either they would be efficient enough in their profession or not.

The committee was astonished to know that there was no firefighting system in place at the Lodges where the fire hoses were just for the show off and nothing real.

“We only have fire extinguishers available as the fire hydrants are inoperative for the years,” Mandviwalla said.

The director general services informed that the fire hoses were placed eight years ago while a proposal had been submitted of Rs 94.4 million for the fire system for all blocks of the Parliament Lodges including Rs 23.3 million for wet system to be established at the Lodges.

Senator Kulsoom Parveen resented the delay in the completion of the new Parliament Lodges building whose construction work was started in 2011 but was still lying incomplete.

She asked the chair to inquire about the delay from the CDA member engineering.

The Senate deputy chairman lambasted the CDA member engineering for his poor management and directed the CDA chairman to get involved in the matter for a joint measurement of the project site with the contractor of the project.

He further directed to submit the measurement report by the next week as the Contractor Habib Rafique Private Limited had already submitted its report.