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Peshawar’s BRT project contractor let down PTI again in Lahore


Jan 21, 2015
Time line:

- CM Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar laid its foundation stone on May 18, 2020.
- First Completion date passed August 18, 2020
- Second Completion date passed September 18, 2020
- Third Completion date passed October 18, 2020
- 4th Completion date passed October 31, 2020
- CM took notice November 3, 2020
- 5th Completion date passed November 19, 2020
- 6th Completion date passed November 25, 2020 (PM was scheduled to inaugurate the underpass)
- Today CM will perform "soft inauguration" in CM house, as completion of work will take another month.

Delay in the construction of Firdous Market Underpass has become a constant point of criticism for the Punjab Government as the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) failed to implement the project completion timelines.

The project’s civil works was formally started in the first week of June after the CM Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar laid its foundation stone on May 18, 2020. The project was to be completed in 120 days (August 18, 2020).

However, on the said date the project remained under construction and Director General LDA announced the project’s new completion date as September 18, 2020, which was later extended to October 31, 2020 but still the project was not completed. It is pertinent to mention here that Chief Minister Punjab paid a surprise visit to the project site on November 3, 2020 and expressed his displeasure over the slow pace of work.

CM Punjab also issued show cause notices to LDA management while the then Chief Engineer (CE) LDA Habibur Rehman Randhawa was repatriated to his parent department, Communication and Works, for slow pace of work. Sources in LDA revealed that the former CE LDA on October 28, 2020 wrote a letter to the Project Director II (Camp Office Firdous Market Underpass) stating that the project work was allotted to a company on 03.06.2020 with time limit of 04 months, which stands expired on 02.10.2020. “Program of work under clause 8/1 as submitted by the contractor also shows the finish of work on 02.10.2020. From the perusal of work schedule submitted by the contractor it can be revealed that the contractor firm could not execute core components of work i.e. Concrete work of Barrel and subsequently the Asphalt of road well in time,” the letter said adding that smelling the slow progress two letters were sent to the contractor dated 27.07.2020 and 17.08.2020 directing the contractor to speed up the work for timely completion of the project in this urban area but unfortunately the contractor didn’t respond as per his contractual obligations.
The Chief Engineer, in his letter, directed the Project Director to initiate action against the contractor under clause 39 and impose a penalty of an amount subject to maximum of 10 per cent of the estimated cost per day of the period beyond date of completion.

Sources in LDA revealed that instead of imposing the penalty on the contractor, the LDA management gave them more time. Sources further revealed that the Chief Engineer LDA was repatriated on the charges of ‘slow pace of work’ was actually ‘punished’ for imposing penalty on the contractor. Former CE LDA Randhawa said those present on the site during the CM’s visit were given a chance through show-cause notices to explain their position/stance, but he was removed from the post instantly without giving opportunity to explain his position.

He said his recommendation for imposition of penalty on the contractor was in accordance with the law and clauses of the contract document. He alleged that he believed that conspiracy to remove him from the post started after he recommended imposition of a heavy penalty on the contractor.
LDA sources alleged the contractor, in a joint venture with another firm, was declared blacklisted for slow pace of work of the Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project’s package-II in 2015.

LDA sources added that at that time Punjab government imposed heavy penalty on the firm. LDA sources revealed that the same firm got the Peshawar’s BRT project, which also faced a considerable a delay. LDA sources further revealed that the company was also given the work of constructing a drain, side roads and rain water harvesting system at Firdous Market, which was not the part of the underpass project without any tender.

The present Chief Engineer LDA Abdul Razaq while talking with the scribe said that the firm got its name cleared from the blacklist through a court order (as in court PTI government has not objected) and got Firdous Market Underpass project as the lowest bidder.

Talking about the extra work awarded to the company without tender, he said that this was not illegal and in engineering terms this was called enhancing the construction work under the same tender. He said the underpass was ready for traffic and vehicles have started passing through the underpass while the side works were under construction.

LDA DG Ahmad Aziz Tarar was sent questions related to the story on his WhatsApp number but he didn’t reply till filing of this report. LDA spokesperson said that the project was not inaugurated today. Sources in the DG office denied the former CE was punished for imposing fine on the contractor.

The contractor "was blacklisted for slow pace of work on Orange Train." The same firm got the Peshawar’s BRT project."
For reference Kalma chowk underpass, which was a way bigger project, completed in just 82 days.


This mega flyover and u-tern (total 1800 meters) was completed in just 70 days at the cost of 800 million.


Shanghai style overhead bridge was also part of this project


Shanghai style overhead bridge at ferozpur road
Shanghai style overhead bridge at ferozpur road constructed in 180 days .... This Biker’s Ring would facilitate movement of 40,000 pedestrians, 20,000 motorbike riders and 6,000 bike riders daily. Three newly completed mega projects at Ferozepur Road to make metro route signal-free have been...



Azadi Chowk flyover completed in a record period of 165 days



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Oct 4, 2016
I live on this road, and as of 2 days ago they opened the underpass, however the left service lane is not operational.


Aug 13, 2014
Habib construction services???
There are r only few big construction firms in the country that qualify for a mega project
Like descon
These contractors have deep contacts within the system friends in every party

To get lucrative deals on own terms

Cornered Tiger

Sep 4, 2013
Stop this BRT linking drama please. BRT was constructed in 3 sections and each section was awarded to different firms. Project completion timeline is up to 2021 by ADB. Project also involves

Contract for new buses (purchase + repair + maintenance + support + warranty - completed)
Construction of bus stations (still in progress - 90% completed - service started)
Construction of repair & maintenance depots (almost completed)
Construction of main line (completed)
Construction of main line stations (completed)
Provision of cycling (completed)
Alignment of feeder routes (still in progress - 70% completed)
Construction of commercial buildings with parking plazas (still in progress - 50% completed)

Plus minimum amount of subsidy. All this in 56 Billion and increased to 70 Billion final figure with major tweaks and increased length on main corridor line.

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