Islamabad: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Tuesday announced its decision to seek revisions in terms of references (ToRs) approved by the Planning Commission for the hiring of Islamabad master plan consultant, according to a news source published on February 17.
The civic authority maintains that under the current ‘harsh’ clauses of ToRs – all the firms that submitted their bids ‘will stand unqualified’. The said issue was discussed at length during a CDA board meeting presided over by Chairman Amer Ali Ahmed. Among other agendas, a detailed discussion on the consortium of four consulting firms of 11 companies – which have submitted their bids for revision of the master plan – was also held.
The board was informed that the technical committee has suggested to disqualify all four consortiums as they do not have the requisite experience under the federal commission’s ToRs vetted by the Planning Commission.
A CDA official remarked that the authority wants to contract a firm that has some experience in master planning of the cities, however, some relaxation in ToRs is needed. In 1960, a Greek firm called Doxiads Associates had prepared Islamabad’s master plan – which is going to be revised for the first time.