Land to Bahria Town: TI Pakistan resents CDA’s silence on allotment

Bahria Town

Bahria Town (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Transparency International Pakistan has regretted that Capital Development Authority (CDA) has not yet responded to its letter of July 21, 2012 seeking clarification regarding CDA’s allotment of 600 kanal land to Bahria Town.

Adviser, Transparency International Pakistan Syed Adil Gilani in a letter sent to Farkhand Iqbal, Chairman, Capital Development Authority, Islamabad on September 15 estimated loss of billions of rupees revenue to the exchequer as a result of allegation of collusive practice in the award of 600 kanal land to Bahria Town and reports that CDA is trying to award Rs 51 billion contract for building 6,000 flats in sector I-15, Islamabad, without inviting public tenders to a Chinese company, China Railway First Group (CRFG), in violation of Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) Rules.

Adil Gilani said if the report is correct, then CDA is committing the offence of corruption and corrupt practices under NBA NAO 1999 Section 9 – (vi), which reads: if he misuses his authority so as to gain any benefit or favour for himself or any other person, or renders or attempts to render or willfully fails to exercise his authority to prevent the grant, or rendition of any undue benefit or favour which he could have prevented by exercising his authority.

On a similar failed effort to award a contract to another Chinese company based on MoU, by Ministry of Interior, the Supreme Court on August 23, 2012 had declared the Rs 21 billion Safe City Project, Islamabad and Peshawar as illegal and invalid, and having been executed in violation of the mandatory provisions of the Public Procurement Rules, 2004. The court had directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman to ensure initiation of appropriate proceedings in the matter in accordance with the law.

CDA, Adil Gilani said may confirm above information, and if it is true, Transparency International Pakistan requested CDA to refrain from committing illegal acts of allotting 600 kanal plot to a builder, and awarding a Rs 51 billion contract to a Chinese contractor. Transparency International Pakistan is striving for across the board application of Rule of Law, which is the only way to stop corruption, he said. Copies of the letter have been forwarded for the information and action under the rules and regulations to: Chairman Public Accounts Committee, National Assembly, Islamabad, Registrar, Supreme Court of Pakistan, Islamabad, Chairman, NAB, Islamabad, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Islamabad, Managing Director PPRA, and Auditor General Pakistan, Islamabad.