ISLAMABAD (APP) - The Supreme Court on Monday directed counsel for Ministry of Interior that he should submit a categorical statement regarding ineffectiveness of the $7124 million 'Safe City Project reached with a Chinese company. A three-Judge bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Muhammad Sair Ali and Justice Ghulam Rabbani resumed hearing of a plea filed by Shahid Orakzai and also directed him that they should ensure that the project would be transparent. Attorney General of Pakistan Maulvi Anwarul Haq apprised the bench that the cost of project had yet to be determined. He said there was no finalisation of the project and the contract was aimed at facilitation. The Chief Justice told him that you could not float open tender without proper mechanism. The Chief Justice stressed upon transparency in the project and said that they would have to see whether the project was in accordance with the countrys laws and Constitution. Shahid Orakzai contended that the New Chinese company, another company, wanted to execute the project at lesser amount than the Huwai Technologies. Afnan Kundi, counsel for Interior Ministry, maintained that the contract had no binding effect and assured the bench to submit his statement with the bench. Qaiser Suhail, an official of Planning Division, said that they were only assigned to approve a plan and not to execute it. Further hearing was adjourned for a week. The petitioner had claimed that the government was gearing up to initiate a $233.7 million (Rs 20 billion) 'Safe City Project for Islamabad and Peshawar with a Chinese firm without following the legal process. He said that the equipment being purchased for the project was three-time higher than the market price. He maintained that approval to exempt the project from the ,otherwise, mandatory Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules had also been accorded by the competent authority. The Safe City Project Islamabad would be completed at an estimated cost of $124.7 million while for Peshawar its total cost would be $109 million, he added.