PAC seeks report against responsible for inefficient execution of New Islamabad Airport

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ISLAMABAD, Oct 19 (APP): A Sub-Committee of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Wednesday directed Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to submit a report within 45 days about punitive actions taken against those who were responsible for improper-planning and inefficient execution of New Islamabad Airport project.

The audit report indicated that improper planning and inefficient project execution of the project resulted in cost overrun of Rs 19.396 billion.

The CAA Principal Accounting Officer said a Special Review Commission-led by Shamsul Mulk, Ex-chairman Wapda was formed to thoroughly look into inquiry reports of Lt. General
Shahid Niaz-led fact-finding committee and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

He informed the committee that implementation process of the report had been initiated with issuing show cause notices against those who were made responsible in the report.

But, the committee which met under the convenorship of Serdar Ashiq Hussain Gopang and audit officers were of the view that departmental proceedings could not binding those who had left the project after expiry of their contract.

So, those such persons, they opined, if did not reply or comply with the show cause notices, FIA should be asked to initiate proceedings against them.

The committee was briefed about the tendering process of various packages initiated under contrary to planned PC-I.

Resultantly, the project was extra ordinary delayed for about two years and the Project Management Consultant (PMC) failed to perform its constitutional role with regard to coordinating and execution of work on site, the audit officers said.

The PMC and contractors remained unable to give final dates for completion of the assigned work.

The audit official said failure of PMC rendered all the assumptions for financial viability of the project which was based on capital cost, operating expenses and revenue generation irrelevant and outdated.

According to the audit report payments were made to contractors about Rs 56.256 billion against the PC-I cost of Rs 36.860 billion.

The audit officers said that FIA had noted in its report that CAA turned blind eye to the unpardonable act of accepting unqualified staff for highly technical job.

Audit officer said that the PAC may direct Director General FIA to register FIR against responsible and initiate criminal proceedings.

The committee also directed CAA to take concrete measures for expediting implementation process on its arbitration cases in order to prevent national kitty from losses on account of claims.

The committee was of the view that mutual understanding should be evolved between the parties which would help expedite the arbitration process.