NTDC Under Scrutiny for Alleged Irregular Contract Awards and Internal Conflicts


The National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) has come under scrutiny for alleged irregularities in contract awards and internal conflicts, creating concerns within the Power Division. The Senate Standing Committee on Power has interrogated top officials from both the Power Division and NTDC multiple times regarding the awarding of contracts to ineligible bidders.

Senior officials from the Power Division revealed that several top NTDC management members have strong connections with domestic and international contractors, often securing sub-contracts in projects. This has raised questions about transparency and fair practices within the organization.

NTDC, a federally administered body under the Federal Ministry of Energy (Power Division), oversees the development and operation of Pakistan’s National Transmission Network. It manages high-power transmission lines and facilitates the transmission of electricity from generation units to distribution companies (DISCOs).

The recent controversy revolves around the 765kV Dasu Transmission Line Project, where concerns of a multimillion-dollar scam have surfaced regarding a bidding package for the Islamabad West Grid Station. NTDC recommended the contract award for this tender, but issues arose when the winning bidder failed to submit the required Performance Security within the stipulated time frame.

Despite granting an extension for the submission of Performance Security, NTDC’s actions have raised eyebrows, including the transfer of roles within the organization to avoid potential controversies.

The influence of contractors within NTDC has also been highlighted, with instances of lobbying for senior positions and seeking support from NTDC Board Members. These developments have prompted calls for greater transparency and adherence to regulations within NTDC’s operations.

Story by Mushtaq Ghumman

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