CHITTAGONG, Mar 12: The Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) will introduce e-tendering this month to ensure accountability, transparency and avoid corruption and muscle-flexing in the tender schedules.
CDA officials said the authority will float five tenders for different development projects this month through e-tendering. The projects include construction of Bakalia Access Road, Saltgola Commercial Building, Dewanhat Apartment Complex, CDA Square at Sholashahar Rail Gate-2 and CDA Shishukanon School building.
Online tendering started in Bangladesh back in 2004 with the support of the World Bank. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the e-government procurement web portal in June 2011.
CDA Executive Engineer and project director of the Bakolia Access Road Construction Project Ahmed Moinuddin said all kinds of tendering will be held by e-gp (e-government procurement) from now onward. And the CDA is entering the system this month.
Chittagong District Administration office said a letter was sent from the PMO last year instructing all government departments to bring all the procurement activities under e-tendering.
Introduction of this system was mandatory from January 2017. Following the directives from the PMO, different ministries and departments have introduced the e-tendering system as well.
Sources said that a good number of killings and attacks on the intending bidders took place at many places while dropping the papers and documents in the government offices. The goons even used weapons to snatch away the tender documents.
Digitalisation of tenders has earned wide support in government procurement system as the bidders can compete in the tender through e-tendering from anywhere in the country or from abroad.
The government has also issued office order to introduce en-tendering in all government offices and service agencies under the local government. CDA Chairman Abdus Salam said e-tendering is the best system for any kind of development and procurement activities in the government offices. It reduces corruption, nepotism, ensures accountability and transparency and avoids muscle flexing by a section of non-professional bidders.
"We want that the experienced contractors take part in the bidding process to ensure high quality of work. He however, claimed that there was no incident of muscle flexing in the tenders of the CDA. Irregularities, if any, will be removed for ever after e-tendering, he said.