Lahore: According to press reports, the Punjab Housing Department decided on Wednesday (September 22) to introduce an online system for tendering government projects across the state.

The decision was reached at a meeting presided over by Provincial Minister for Housing Malik Asad Khokhar, which was also attended by Additional Secretary Housing Umar Farooq, Deputy Secretary Mumtaz Ahmed, and PITB officials.

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The government will work with PITB to create a centralised framework to combat bribery. The proposed E-tendering system, according to the material supplied, will be implemented in the Housing Department, the Lahore Development Authority (LDA), the Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA), and all other subordinate departments.

Individuals will be able to bid on projects from the comfort of their own homes using a transparent method after the system is deployed. A call centre will be established to assist customers with general inquiries.

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Tender applicants will be issued a unique code, which will be used by the computer to identify the eligible firm for each tender award. Only firms on the department’s approved list will be permitted to participate in the tendering process, according to the housing minister during a press conference.

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