Nepotism?: Contract for Multan airport projects illegally awarded The Express Tribune
The special audit report 2010-11 also pointed out irregularities of over Rs300 million in various projects of the airport.
According to the report, five other pre-qualified firms were invited for participation in bidding for the contract of projects in MIA. However, the government awarded the multi-billion contract to M/s Habib Rafiq Private Ltd with a 1.5% discount offered after the bid opening.
The unfair evaluation and pre-qualification resulted in an irregular award of contract amounting to Rs3.2 billion to M/s Habib Rafique Private Ltd without following rules, observed the auditors.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approved the PC-1 for MIA amounting to Rs1.84 billion in 2008. The authority is said to have awarded the contract to M/s Habib Rafique Private Ltd, whose owner belongs to the Multan Division.
Auditors stressed upon probing the irregular awarding of the contract to the firm as it did not fulfill the criteria mandatory for pre-qualification.