Published On: Tue, Jan 7th, 2014
Published in Category: District News

Govt asked to avoid repeating history of Nandipur Power Project

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Kallar Syedan: Social activist Jahangir Akhtar said freezing developmental projects initiated by former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf during the final days of his tenure is causing huge losses to the public exchequer.

Former PM used public money to the tune of billions of rupees illegally to gain popularity and ensure success of PPP-led government in the last general elections which must be condemned, he said.

Speaking to media at Kallar Syedan, a tehsil of Rawalpindi, he said that former Premier used his discretionary funds illegally which was barred by the Supreme Court after a suo moto.

However, he said that the decision of the Supreme Court must be reviewed, the projects that were not initiated must be stopped but the schemes which are close to completion must be initiated.

Jahangir Akhtar said that many roads, schools, hospitals, gas pipeline projects, water supply schemes and provision of electricity to rural areas have been abandoned by the concerned departments despite spending hefty amounts.

Government should not allow wastage of funds as construction material and pipelines are lying at different spots on the mercy of weather, thieves and locals.

He said that PPP-led cabal delayed Nandipur Power Project which has been initiated again with billions added to the cost. We should not allow the history to repeat itself and complete the projects.

Giving an example, he said that former government had decided to connect gas pipelines of Kallar Syedan and Kahuta with the main line which was 24 km away. The project has been stopped despite completion of 22 km of pipeline.

Government will have to initiate abandoned projects sooner of later but inaction will add to the cost, he warned. He said that precedent of discontinuing projects should be stopped forever, adding that abolishing discretionary funds is a good step but alternative system must be strengthened.