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  January 09, 2017


Irregularities alleged in the Golan Gol Hydro Power Project

By Zahiruddin

CHITRAL: A number of anomalies have been alleged in the project of the erection of electric towers transmitting the generation of the Golen Gol Hydro Power Project to the grid station in Chokiatan (Upper Dir) in its different stages including awarding of contract, advance payment of bills and arbitrary change in design of polls to benefit the contractor.

In a complaint lodged by one Engineer Fazle Rabbi, a resident of Chitral, to the general manager (projects) of WAPDA (a copy available with Dawn), it has been alleged that the construction company NATRACON Technologies, was not qualified to offer bids for the project of 3.2025 billion rupees as it was holding license of C-2 class from Pakistan Engineering Council while it needed C-A class.

The complainant says that the company did upgrade its class to C-1 later on but it still did not qualify for the project due to the high magnitude of its cost and as such the WAPDA authorities committed a serious anomaly by accepting the tender documents of the company not wielding the required qualification.

The changing of 132 kV electric towers by 220 kV towers in utter violation of the approved design is said to be another anomaly which will enhance the cost of a towers by 38 percent and it was a sheer violation of the PPRA rules, says the complainant.

About 50 percent payment in advance is also being alleged Mr. Rabbi who says that although work on the erection of towers started in 2016 but the payment had been made in the years 2014 and 2015.

He has also challenged the quality of work on the site and says that it was not upto the standard by the PEC and NEPRA and faulty erection of towers in the hilly areas will lead to disruption of the transmission line from the national grid excessively.

When the project director Engineer Javed Afridi was contacted to know his version, he said that he was not aware of the anomaly in the bidding process of the project as they were carried out in central level in Lahore. However, he admitted the fact that NATRACON was the sole bidder in the competition for the project.

Regarding the erection of 220 kV towers instead of 132 kV, he said that keeping in view the topography of the mountainous area, the erection of 220 kV towers were inevitable as the towers of inferior strength did not withstand the harsh climatic conditions.

“All this is being done at the advice of the consultant and the project management is not the sole authority to decide such matters”, he said adding that different payments for different towers.

Mr. Afridi also dispelled the allegation of advance payment to the construction company and said that payment of Rs.300 million was yet pending for payment to the company for its quantity of completed work.


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