Capital’s Metro to cost Rs 32b

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National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK) Managing Director Amjad Khan on Tuesday apprised the sub-committee of National Assembly Public Accounts Committee that the Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus project would cost approximately Rs 32 billion.

The sub-committee which met yesterday with Shafqat Mehmood in the chair reviewed audit para of NESPAK and WAPDA for year 1998-99.

The NESPAK MD said that 25-feet wide road was required for the project adding that fence would be installed in both sides of the track to prevent people’s movement. The panel also expressed displeasures over sending 145 WAPDA and all power distribution companies (DISCOs) officials to the committee meeting.

The chair directed the Ministry of Water and Power additional secretary to provide details of expenditure incurred on them to the committee.

Shafqat Mehmood said that the officer should take responsibility and avoid such unnecessary expenditure.

The committee was apprised that out of total 145 officials, 70 belong to Pakistan Electric Supply Company (PEPCO). The committee also directed to write letters to all ministries and departments to send only necessary staff for the meeting.

While reviewing the audit para of National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC), the NA panel was informed that bogus payment of Rs 237 million and $ 2.390 million was made. Two officials were terminated on account of bogus payment but the court restored them. The panel directed that criminal case should be registered against the responsible officials. The committee members directed to send the case to National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

A Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) official told the panel that average transmission and distribution losses of the company have surged to 32 percent. Recently, nine feeders were completely shut down for non-payment of bills, he added.

The additional secretary apprised the committee that smart meters were being installed across the country to curb wrong meter readings. The meeting was also attended by MNAs Raja Javed Ikhlas, Shahida Akhtar Ali and officials of Audit Department.