Federal Minister for Communications and Postal Services, Murad Saeed, launched the E-Bidding system in National Highway Authority (NHA) on Thursday. The system will ensure transparency in the process of award of 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, Murad Saeed, Secretary Communications, Mr. Zafar Hasan, and Chairman NHA, Capt (Retd) Sikander Qayyum. Senior officers of the Ministry of Communications and National Highway Authority were also present.
In his address, Murad Saeed said, as per the good governance vision of Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, the National Highway Authority has launched an E-Bidding system that will make the 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 advances towards E-Governance. He further said that the start of E-Bidding by the National Highway Authority is encouraging as billions of rupees are involved in motorways and highways building schemes.
He added that NHA is endeavoring to undertake road building projects on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) basis. He further informed that the Sukkur-Hyderabad Motorway project will be started next year. More steps would be taken to bring about improvement in the financial and administrative affairs of the NHA, he stated.
Secretary Communications, Mr. Zafar Hasan said, NHA has developed a good 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 performance of the institutions will be evaluated based on the use of technology. Furthermore, he stated that pragmatic steps would be undertaken to employ modern techniques in the affairs of the authority.
Chairman NHA, Capt (Retd) Sikander Qayyum, said that the target given to NHA to bring about transparency has been achieved by launching an E-Bidding system in NHA. He informed that 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, its range will be extended to other projects, he added.
Salient features of the implementation of the E-Bidding system include user account creation, online tender creation, bid submission, tender evaluation, and notification of award.