PAC sum­mons for­mer secy, NHA chair­man in North­ern by­pass case

The Pak Banker - - 2national -

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

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