RAWALPINDI: The long-standing Ring Road project in Rawalpindi inched closer to commencing after six of the 26 companies who applied, were shortlisted for pre-qualification status. The shortlisted companies will now vie for the Rs90 million project concept-II (PC-II) consultancy contract.
These companies have now been asked to file Request For Proposal (RFP) to the Planning and Development (PND) department.
The pre-qualifying companies include MS Zurich International, MS Engineering General Consultant, MS Usmani and Company, MS NESPAK, MS Associated Consultancy Centre as well as MS MPP Pakistan Private Limited. The company which wins the technical and financial bid will be awarded Rs85 million while the company will be obliged to complete the project task in six months.
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Further, some Rs5 million have been set aside for setting up the project management unit of the project. It will cost Rs6 billion to acquire land for the project — money for which has already been allocated.
The land acquisition and contract awarding will start once the consultancy report was submitted to the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) — the executing agency. The alignment of the 38-kilometre-long Ring Road will start from the Channi Sher Alam Bridge on GT Road and end at the Thalian interchange on the M-2 motorway between Rawalpindi and Lahore near the Islamabad International Airport.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 14th, 2019.
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