PEC need improvements

Mr. Saeed Shamsi, Chairman Potential Engineers talks to Engineering Post

Pakistan Engineering Council Byelaws are now days posing problems for many contractors and the contractors have started questioning the role of PEC to protect the local industry especially in context of CPEC.

Mr. Saeed Shamsi, Chairman Potential Engineers, is among the most respected, experienced and seasoned engineer of the country. Engineering Post had a special discussion session with Mr. Saeed to highlight his suggestions for the improvement of contractor-PEC relationship.

Mr. Saeed suggested that government should strictly adhere to the condition of associating local companies with the Chinese as is given in the PEC byelaws. Replying to a question he insisted that Government Policies should be made in accordance with the local conditions and ground realities.

Engineering projects now a day are being hit by low quality of construction for price consciousness and the current price war.

Commenting on the role of Pakistan Engineering Council,  Mr. Saeed told that the paper work by the PEC should be reduced to ease the life of the contractors as it consumes lot of useful time. Registration of PEC should be so beneficial to the engineers that every engineer should opt for it. PEC membership and renewal fee should be reduced to lower the burden on the local contractors, he added. Tender documents floated should have no conditions in conflict with PEC byelaws. “The donor agencies should only be offering loans without directing the existing byelaws. Engineering Council byelaws should be followed in all the contracts”, he suggested.

Commenting on the projects funded by Asian Development Bank Mr. Saeed said that Chinese Companies should not be allowed to quote against these projects on their own, as they are not funded by them, instead, Pakistani companies should be given priority for these projects.

He also showed the concern of the contractor community regarding the engagement of supervisory engineers as they are asking for huge amounts resulting in the tendency of getting paid without doing anything and causing additional financial burden on contractors.