Islamabad: As per the latest news, following the federal cabinet’s recent decision to change procurement rules to allow government organizations to award contracts to state-owned enterprises without having to issue public tenders or follow a competitive process, city officials decided on Friday to have two multibillion-dollar projects completed by a government-run organization on a single-tender basis.

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The Capital Development Authority (CDA) board, chaired by Amer Ali Ahmed, chose to get two projects through government organizations: the 7th Avenue Interchange and Srinagar Highway near Aabpara, valued Rs1.5 billion, and the restoration of I.J.P Road, worth Rs6 billion.

According to sources, the civic agency will now submit a request to the Defence Ministry for assistance from the Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) or the National Logistic Cell (NLC). CDA prefers FWO, which is currently working on the Margalla Avenue project, to begin work on both projects this month.

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He explained that because the proposed 7th Avenue Interchange is located in a sensitive area near Aabpara, CDA wants to complete the project as quickly as possible and that only a government-run business could do the job efficiently.

The board also agreed that the project for building district courts would be handed up to a government agency.

Meanwhile, the CDA board approved Nespak’s bid for consultancy and design of a slaughterhouse to be erected on a five-acre plot of land in Islamabad’s I-14/4 district. The board also conditionally authorized the Senate Housing Society’s No-Objection Certificate (NOC) and an adjustment to the layout plan of sectors I-11/1 and 2 due to the graves.

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The board also discussed the Safa Gold Mall project and provided the project’s owners an opportunity to speak. The mall’s management is being blamed for doing extra construction work in breach of the CDA’s guidelines. CDA cannot decide their case at this time, the board members said the committee, because the court and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) cases are pending.

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