Khadim-e-Punjab Saaf Pani Programme
Lahore—About 12 global-acclaimed companies having experience of implementing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) projects, after fulfilling stringent criterion laid down by Punjab Saaf Pani Company (PSPC), have pre-qualified to execute Khadim-e-Punjab Saaf Pani Programme in the first phase in rural areas of 35 tehsils of 10 districts of the province.
Internationally-renowned companies namely De Nora-SKAFS International (USA-Pakistan), Vinci and FZC (France), Hyundai (Korea), Sultan Mahmood & Company-ESER Contracting (Turkey-Pakistan), Beijing Enter-prises, China Railway, China Gezhouba Group, China Aerospace Construction and Anuhi Shui An Construction Group (China), Dam & Water Works Construction Co, SABIR Mahab Ghodss Consulting Engineering Co, AM-CORP Engineering & Consulting (Iran-Pakistan) and Veolia Water Systems (United Arab Emirates) have pre-qualified for 14 contracts.
PSPC had invited pre-qualification applications for award of 14 contracts worth US $ 1.15 billion in first phase to implement safe drinking water solutions (water filtration plants) in 35 priority tehsils of 10 districts of Muzaffar-garh, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur, Bahawalpur, Lodhran, Rahim Yar Khan, Sahiwal, Faisalabad, Kasur and Okara in the biggest province of Pakistan. More than 23 million rural people of 7,496 villages will have sustained access to safe and clean drinking water in the wake of execution of first phase of multi-billion dollar project.
Thirty companies from USA, Turkey, Austria, China, Pakistan, Australia, Germany, UAE and Malaysia have pro-visionally qualified because of notarization and attestation of their submitted documents are still awaited. These companies will be issued Request for Bid Documents conditionally. However, their technical bid will not be opened if they fail to submit the required notarization /attestation before the deadline of submission of techni-cal/financial bids.
As many as 24 companies have been disqualified for failing to meet the requisite technical and financial criteria and failing to provide technical information. To ensure utmost transparency in the award of contracts, PSPC has announced that the aggrieved parties may submit their grievances to Grievance Redressal Committee within 10 days of the notification related to disqualification and provisional qualification.
PSPC had received more than 440 pre-qualification proposals for 14 contracts from 64 international companies, some of them had collaborated with local Pakistani companies to execute the project in the form of joint venture.
Article by Salim Ahmed; Published in Pakistan Observer on July 27th, 2016.