Parking plaza contracted out for over Rs15m

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RAWALPINDI, Nov 12: Despite criticism by Rawal Town Municipal Administration, the Rawalpindi Development Authority on Saturday contracted out its parking plaza in Raja Bazaar for Rs15.6 million.

However, the RTMA decided to contact Commissioner Zahid Saeed to resolve the issue over the possession of the Suzuki stand in the plaza.
The RDA arranged a function to open the sealed bids for the contract of a canteen, private car parking, Suzuki stand and billboards. The bidding process was held under the supervision of the RDA committee led by its director administration and finance Sultan Shahzad Malik.

Total 17 parties had submitted sealed bids. The highest bid of Rs7 million was received for the Suzuki stand, Rs258,000 for the canteen, Rs5.757 million for the parking space and Rs2.52 million for advertisements.

The officials said the names of the highest bidders would be sent to RDA Director General Chaudhry Naseer Ahmed for final approval.

They said the successful bidders would submit 10 per cent of the total amount and three months advance payment within 10 days after getting the approval letters. The RDA would install close-circuit TV cameras in the parking plaza and the contractors would be responsible for its maintenance.

Three floors and basement of the parking plaza were completed last month. Two floors and the rooftop have been allocated for private car parking while the basement is reserved for Suzuki and wagon stand. The canteen for drivers and passengers has been constructed on the first floor of the building.

The plaza has the capacity to accommodate 300 private vehicles and 200 Suzukis and wagons. The RDA has fixed Rs20 per trip for a Suzuki and wagon, Rs20 per car for an hour, Rs50 per car for five hours and Rs1,200 per car for a month.

RDA Director General Chaudhry Naseer Ahmed told Dawn that it was the achievement of his organisation to complete the construction work on the plaza through its own resources. He said the remaining three floors would also be constructed soon.

The contract money would improve the financial situation of the civic body and provide an opportunity to RDA to plan more development schemes in the city. He said the bidders were assured that the RDA would protect their rights.

To a question, he said the RDA constructed the parking plaza on its own land. He said the RTMA had submitted the revenue record to verify its claim over the 19.5 marlas and it was proved that the land belonged to the Punjab government.

However, Rawal Town Administrator and Assistant Commissioner Saif Anwar Jappa said the RDA had no right to award the contract of Suzuki and wagon stand. “We will send a reference to the commissioner on Monday to resolve the issue between the two civic bodies,” he said.


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