Federal Minister for Communications and Postal Services Mr Murad Saeed launched E-Bidding system in National Highway Authority today that will pave the way to ensure transparency in awarding contracts of NHA schemes. To this effect, a simple ceremony was held at NHA head office addressed by Federal Minister for Communications and Postal Services Mr. Murad Saeed, Secretary Communications Mr. Zafar Hasan and Chairman NHA Capt ® Sikander Qayyum. Senior officers of the Ministry of Communications and National Highway Authority were also present.
In his address, Mr. Murad Saeed said, as per good governance vision of Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Imran Khan, National Highway Authority has started E-Bidding system that will make bidding process transparent, efficient and easy. After coming into power, he recalled, the present government focused on affairs like accountability, transparency and provision of relief to the people and made practical advanced towards E-Governance. He further said the start of E-Bidding by National Highway Authority is encouraging as heavy amounts of billions of rupees are involved in motorways and highways building schemes. He said NHA is endeavouring to undertake road building projects on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) basis. He said Sukkur-Hyderabad Motorway project would be started next year. More steps will be taken to bring about improvement in financial and administrative affairs of the NHA, he added.
Secretary Communications Mr Zafar Hasan said, NHA has developed an excellent E-Bidding system in a short period that will not only make the bidding process transparent, but it will also help save time. In the future, he said, the institutions’ performance will be evaluated based on the use of technology. He said pragmatic steps would be undertaken to employ modern techniques in affairs of the authority.
Chairman NHA Capt ® Sikander Qayyum said an NHA target to bring about transparency had been achieved by launching the E-Bidding system in NHA. All the stakeholders were taken on board during the development process of this system. In the first phase, the E-Bidding system will be employed on maintenance projects, and later with gradual upgradation, its range will be extended to other projects, he added.
Salient features of the implementation of E-Bidding system include user account creation, online tender creation, bid submission, tender evaluation and notification of award.