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Golen Gol Project: Wapda to submit report to PM

The Wapda says that it is submitting a report on the Golen Gol Hydropower Project to the prime minister following criticism by Transparency International.

Reacting to a report based on the TIP press release, Wapda issued a clarification on Monday which said: “A section of the media regarding alleged violation of rules for lot No 3.2 for electro-mechanical works of the 106MW Golen Gol Hydropower Project, the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) has clarified that the bids for the said lot have been evaluated in accordance with the qualification criterion, mentioned in the bidding documents, and that no violation of the rules has been committed in evaluating the bids. Wapda spokesperson said that the report regarding the alleged loss of Rs910 million inflicted to the national exchequer was totally baseless, unfounded and ridiculous. He further said that a detailed report was also being submitted to the Prime Minister Secretariat in this regard.

The spokesperson stated that the report prepared by the Wapda review committee was not only agreed to by the Golen Gol Project Consultants, but also endorsed by the Ministry of Water and Power and the NESPAK through their independent analysis of the record. Hence, any question of favour/disfavour to any of the bidders did not arise at all, he maintained.

He further said that the matter pertaining to the evaluation of the said bids had been unnecessarily raised by the Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) on various fora, but Wapda, with the help of the relevant record, had satisfied all of them including the National Assembly Standing Committee on Water and Power. Since evaluation of the bids had been made in a transparent manner, Wapda was ready to explain the process at any forum, he added.

The spokesperson said that the Golen Gol Hydropower Project was one of the vital projects to overcome electricity shortage in the country, adding that any further delay in award of contract for electro-mechanical works of the Golen Gol Hydropower Project would cost Wapda and the country about Rs5 billion a year in the shape of loss of electricity generation, escalation and claim costs.

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