NAB takes pre­ven­tive ac­tions against CAA, CDA

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IS­LAM­ABAD

Chair­man NAB has taken se­ri­ous no­tice of crim­i­nal neg­li­gence of Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity's (CAA) and has di­rected Op­er­a­tions Di­vi­sions to con­duct in­quiry into the mat­ter. Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity's (CAA) in­com­pe­tence and neg­li­gence caused loss of more than one bil­lion and pre­cious time of ten years in faulty de­sign of new Is­lam­abad Air­port.

The air­port does not meet the in­ter­na­tional stan­dards for use of both airstrips for si­mul­ta­ne­ous op­er­a­tions as the in­ter­strip dis­tance in­stead of 800 miles is only 300 miles, in spite of avail­abil­ity of space and land.

Chair­man NAB took se­ri­ous no­tice of crim­i­nal neg­li­gence and has di­rected Op­er­a­tions Di­vi­sions to con­duct in­quiry into the mat­ter.

Chair­man NAB dur­ing the brief­ing given by DG CAA un­der the Preven­tion Regime Ini­tia­tive ap­pre­ci­ated the ef­forts of CAA present set up for con­duct­ing the de­tail study and re­vis­it­ing the charges from in­ter­na­tional flights op­er­at­ing for all fa­cil­i­ties through Pak­istan's Airspace and also ground fa­cil­i­ties ex­tended to var­i­ous domestic and in­ter­na­tional car­ri­ers.

It may be noted that NAB ini­ti­ated in­quiry about the au­dit­ing and billing sys­tem of CAA per­tain­ing to th­ese charges in March 2012. The CAA has been los­ing ap­prox­i­mately Rs. 10-14 Bil­lions per year since last two decades as its charges had never been re­vised since 1992. Ad­di­tion­ally there was no trans­par­ent sys­tem of ac­count­ing and ver­i­fi­ca­tion of th­ese charges. The present set up of CAA has done good job and re­sul­tantly its rev­enue will in­crease from 13 to 27 bil­lion per an­num.

In an­other is­sue un­der­taken dur­ing the brief­ing as re­gards to al­low­ing the tow­ers and high-rise build­ings in Is­lam­abad, NAB ob­served that in­com­pe­tency, neg­li­gence and faulty pro­ce­dures in plan­ning mech­a­nism of CDA has given loss of ap­prox­i­mately Rs 50 crore to one of the builders in Is­lam­abad as the CDA plan­ners failed to co­or­di­nate with CAA in cal­cu­lat­ing the per­mis- sible safety height. NAB took se­ri­ous view and has now is­sued in­struc­tions to all its Re­gions to ask town plan­ners to ob­tain ad­vance clear­ance from CAA. NAB also asked CAA to fur­ther im­prove its pro­ce­dures with in­ten­sive IT fa­cil­i­ties for quicker and ac­cu­rate re­sponse to its clien­t­age, as also in the case of au­dit of their ac­counts.

In an­other preven­tion ac­tion NAB has di­rected all its Bu­reaus to in­ter­act with ir­ri­ga­tion de­part­ments of re­spec­tive prov­inces to take ap­pro­pri­ate mea­sures in en­sur­ing silt deal­ing op­er­a­tions so as tail end users would get their due share of wa­ters. For­est de­part­ments are also in­structed to en­sure mark­ing of trees along roads and canals and pre­pare sur­vey and record keep­ing.

It is per­ti­nent to men­tion here that Chair­man NAB had a press brief­ing few days ago per­tain­ing to the Preven­tion Regime ef­forts and the afore­said ac­tions are in con­tin­u­a­tion of the same regime. NAB in­tends to im­prove the ef­fec­tive­ness of Reg­u­la­tors at province and fed­eral level for good gov­er­nance.

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