PAC summons former secy, NHA chairman in Northern bypass case
ISLAMABAD: Public Accounts Committee of National Assembly has summoned former secretary of Ministry of Communication, Chairman NHA, Farrukh Javed and designs cell in charge of northern by-pass Karachi(SHERSHA Bridge) in the next meeting.
The Karachi Northern bypass bridge was collapsed few months after its completion and caused of five deaths and financial loss to NHA exchequer.
The PAC, which met at the Parliament House under the chairmanship of Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, reviewed audit reports of the Ministry of communication for the fiscal years of 2005-06-07 and 2008-2009.
Chairman NHA briefed the committee that there is no loss to government in the northern by-pass as payment not paid to contractor in this project.
He said that there was alignment and design problem in Karachi Northern By-pass Bridge that's why it was collapsed within few months after its completion. Ch Nisar expressed disappointment over this reply and said that due to negligence of the NHA officials five people dead and national exchequer faced a loss of 294 million.He said that NHA officials should take action against that project director and consultant who were involved in this project and directed to former secretary communication, Chairman NHA and designs cell in charge of northern bypass to appear before the committee in next meeting. Regarding the irregular payment on account of project allowance amounting Rs 337 million to NHA regular employees, Ch Nisar directed the chairman NHA to recover this amount from those employees who got it and informed the committee about it within one month. PAC also reviewed audit reports of Federal Board of revenue for the year of 2008-09 and directed the Chairman FBR to recover all the liabilities within one month.
The meeting was attended by Members of National Assembly Hamid Yar Hiraj,Asia NAsir, Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Rukhsana Bangash, Raiz Fatyana,Nadeem Afzal Chan,Zahid Hamid,Saeed Ahmad Zaffar, Khawaja Asif ,Auditor Genral of Pakistan ,secreaty communication, Chairman NHA and Chairman FBR. -App