Islamabad: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has chosen to buy its own equipment and engage sanitation personnel directly. In addition, the civic body has chosen to build an underpass connecting G-5 and G-6, as well as enlarge Ataturk Avenue from Jinnah Avenue to Ayub Chowk.

On Tuesday, the CDA’s Development Working Party (DWP) would meet to approve a PC-I worth Rs689 million for the project named “Procurement of Machinery to Upgrade Sanitation Services in Islamabad” as well as other initiatives.

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The CDA revoked a contract award earlier this year after an inquiry report revealed that the contract was granted in contravention of the regulations. The deal, which was worth Rs650 million per year, covered both machinery and manpower.

Later, in July of this year, the CDA granted another contractor a one-year contract for hiring machinery for just Rs. 510 million; however, the CDA chairman, while accepting the file, instructed the responsible wing to cease the practise of hiring machinery and acquire its own machinery within three months. Now, PC-I of the project will be handled by the CDA-DWP.

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It’s worth noting that, as a result of outsourcing, sanitation workers frequently experience pay delays. CDA has chosen to recruit sanitation staff directly from now on.

Meanwhile, the CDA-DWP will take on PC-I for the Islamabad Bus Service project, valued Rs. 873 million. The CDA plans to operate buses on many key city routes as part of the initiative, as the capital currently lacks a public bus service.

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