NHA facing at least 3,000 litigation cases involving billions of rupees: report

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ISLAMABAD: Over 3,000 legal cases against the National Highway Authority (NHA) are underway in courts, most involving over billions of rupees; reported by a local media outlet.

Some China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects have also come under fire mainly because of alleged loopholes in the award of the contracts.

According to the documents available with the newspaper, there have been cases of overall faulty appointments, over 150 consultants who are getting salary/parks/allowances in billions of rupees and a general disregard of rules.

CPEC projects like Thakot-Havelian, Hakla-DIK, E-35 Havelian Abbottabad are facing litigation whereas some other litigations involve Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway (M1), Islamabad-Lahore Motorway (M-2), Faisalabad-Khanewal (M-4) and Karachi-Hyderabad Motorway (M-(9).

A cell called Dispute Resolution Cell (DRC) of the NHA headed by Senior Procurement & Contract Specialist retired Col Muhammad Azim is handling more than 150 mega cases, according to the report.

The director general audit has drafted 389 printed audit paras against NHA for alleged irregularities in the day to day affairs of the authority.