Pedestrian Bridges Project Hits Delay

Tender submission date extended

* Response from potential contractors was disappointing: TCD


By Jamil Khan | KARACHI


THE City District Government Karachi (CDGK) has extended the date of submitting tenders for the construction of 10 pedestrian bridges, Daily Times learnt on Monday.

The city government after a delay of almost two years had identified a total of 28 sites for constructing pedestrian bridges. Out of these, the CDGK decided to fund 10 with up to Rs 100 million, while the remaining were identified as Built, Operate and Transfer (BOT) projects. The CDGK on the directives of City Nazim Mustafa Kamal established a separate section within the Transport and Communication Department (TCD) to overlook pedestrian bridges, bus stops and other special projects. The section is being led by Project Director Muhammad Athar who is currently a special assistant to the city nazim on transport issues. The last date for submitting tenders for the construction of the 10 bridges was originally set for Monday December 22, 2008; however it has now been delayed till December 29 next week.

Sources in the TCD told Daily Times on Monday that due to the prevailing political and economic conditions as well as rising inflation, the response from potential contractors for the construction of pedestrian bridges was disappointing. The source said that a low number of applications received by the CDGK led them to revise the closing date for tenders.

The TCD had finalised sites for construction of pedestrian bridges at Behzad Lakhnavi Road, Shadman No 2, North Nazimabad, Iqbal Plaza, Nawab Siddique Ali Khan Road, Shahra-e- Faisal, Shahra-e-Pakistan, North Karachi, and North Karachi among others.

All these sites lie in some of the most congested areas of the city like New Karachi, Gulshan North Nazimabad, Liaquatabad and Gulberg however the department has missed out busy thoroughfares such as the I I Chundrigar Road, commercial areas in Saddar, Shahra-e-Qaideen, Korangi Expressway from Baloch Colony Bridge to Qayyumabad, and Rafiqi Shaheed Road besides others. Athar while speaking to Daily Times on Monday said that he has confirmed the extension of the date. “The delay was caused due to the poor response from interested bidders on complying with rules and regulations for the construction of ten bridges being built with the city government’s funding,” he said.

The city government and other agencies have installed a total of 45 pedestrian bridges in different parts of the city including in Defence Housing Authority (DHA), National Highway Authority (NHA) and Cantonment Board Faisal (CBF). Besides these, the city government has installed total 34 pedestrian bridges including seven on signal-free corridor while 10 have been built on different busy thoroughfares and are being operating on BOT basis.

The DHA has four pedestrian bridges on Korangi Road, the NHA has two on Mauripur Road, Pakistan Steel has one at National Highway while the CBF has one on Shahrah-e-Faisal near the PAF Faisal Base.

– Published in Daily Times | Dec 23, 2008

~ by jamilkhan on December 23, 2008.

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