The Zulfikarabad Development Authority (ZDA) has received an Expression of Interest (EOI) from sixteen firms for a topographic survey to be conducted as part of the first phase of the new city’s development.
The location of the city, which is being developed along the coastal belt of the Thatta and Sujawal districts, was approved by former President Asif Ali Zardari in 2009. The city, which is being developed in the memory of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, will not only be an example of success of the ‘First Plan, Then Develop’ principle but will also have a positive impact on the socio-economic conditions of the province and the country.
The proposed city will cover two talukas of District Thatta (Keti Bunder and Kharo Chann) and two of District Sujawal (Shah Bunder and Jati). In the first phase, the provincial government intends to plan and develop almost 55,000 acres of land in Taluka Shah Bunder, for which the selected firm will be required to conduct a topographical survey and field verification/demarcation of the area.
Initially, the interested firms will be shortlisted by a selection committee that has already been constituted by Sindh government. The shortlisted firms will be given RFP documents for submissions of detailed technical and financial proposals within a specific time period. The final selection will be made after a quality and cost valuation in accordance with the provisions of the SPPRA Rules 2010. On the basis of this survey, the preparation of a master plan for the first phase of development will be immediately started through a town planning firm. The contract for construction of a 44km expressway from Gharo to Dhandari and Dhandari to Shah Bunder, as well as the Dhandari Bridge, has already been awarded to Frontier Works Organisation.