KARACHI  - Taking notice of repeated Sindh Public Procurement Regulatory Authority’s objection, Karachi Water & Sewerage Board has decided to take strict action.

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The KWSB Managing Director directed DMD T&S and Directors to schedule and conduct training session and seminars in this regards. Directing the Deputy Managing Director Technical Services (TS) to strict abide by the SPPRA Rules 2010 after repeated objections from SPPRA, he expressed that misconduct during the procurement procedure resulted a delay in the schedule of development projects as well as financial loss, whereas KWSB in its current situation could not be subjected to such mistakes. He directed that all the NITs must be approved by not only the concerned Chief Engineer but must also bear approval from DMD (TS).

In case of any mistakes or financial loss, the head of the concerned department would be held responsible and the loss would be deducted out of the concerned officer’s pay, he added.

Furthermore, he directed all Deputy Directors to strictly abide by the SPPRA Rules 2010 and consult with SPPRA Authorities or Assistant Director Local Funds Audit (ADLFA) for further clarification.

Later on, directing to schedule and conduct training sessions and seminars, for the officers and workers, with the help of SPPRA Authorities, he expressed that KWSB is a public service entity passing through financial problems, therefore, it is our duty that all officers and staff must strictly ensure that they follow proper procedures and regulations, especially in the matter that may cause delay in development projects financial loss.

He said that negligence in following legal procedure for NITs or minor mistakes in the opening and closing Tender dates causes KWSB not only precious time but the printing of corrigendum also causes financial loss.

 Therefore, it is vital that in order to control the delay and additional expenses it is vital that officers strictly follow procedure.

Moreover, NIT procedure must be crystal clear and according to legal requirements as well as SPPRA and Audit rules. This would not only save KWSB from the trouble in facing objections but also ensure that the development projects stay on schedule.