PAC initiates investigation

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From Wasim Kambo

ISLAMABAD: The Public Accounts Committee of the Parliament has formed a special committee to probe irregularities in award of work for ‘Aircraft Stand Equipment’ of the New Islamabad International Airport (NIIA).  The three-member committee comprises Shireen Rehman, Mushahid Hussain Syed and Sardar Aashiq Gopang. It would submit its report with the PAC within a period of one month. The PAC met here under the chairmanship of Syed Khursheed Shah and attended by other members including Syed Naveed Qamar, Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, Dr. Arif Alvi, Azam Khan Sawatti, Mushahid Hussain Syed, Sardar Aashiq Gopang, Shireen Rehman, Abdul Rashid Godil and Mehmood Khan Achakzai. During the meeting, it was noted that the work was awarded to M/s ADELTE/HRL JV at cost of Rs six billions which was 25.53% higher than the engineer provisional estimate of Rs 4,771.862 million and 232.89 % higher than the PC-I provision of Rs 2,572 million without revision of PC-1. Audit maintained that unjustified delay in tendering process caused award of work at higher rates without revision of PC-1, which was due to weak internal controls.  Secretary Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Irfan Qadir briefed the body about the details of award of work and said the Islamabad International Airport is ready for operation. At which the PAC members decided to visit airport in coming days. Expressing displeasure, Khursheed Shah said the responsible officers for protecting any corruption would be booked under the law. The committee summoned Chairman PPRA tomorrow to get opinion regarding the award of additional work without approval of revised PC-1.

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