ISLAMABAD, Sept 20: The Senate Standing Committee on Communications expressed concerns on Thursday over the long delay in completion of road projects in Balochistan and sought an explanation from the National Highway Authority over the matter.

At its meeting held on Thursday, the committee asked NHA officials as to why not even a single contractor had been blacklisted despite their failure to complete the road projects even after more than a decade.

Explaining the NHA position on the matter, its chairman Muhammad Ali Gardezi said his organisation had no authority to blacklist any contractor and only the Pakistan Engineering Council had the power to do so.

Some members of the committee, including Abdul Ghafoor Haideri and Kamil Ali Agha, accused NHA officials of being hand in glove with the contractors, adding that malpractices in the projects had taken place simply because the officials and contractors backed each other.

The NHA chairman assured the committee that all toll booths would now be auctioned in a transparent manner.

The committee directed the NHA chairman to present a report on overcharging by contractors in service areas and illegal construction.

More From This Section

Analysis: Trying the king and his men

Political has given way to the legal, though it is not clear if this will change course of Musharraf’s treason trial.

Govt inaction on FC men’s court martial irks SC

Court asks Deputy Attorney General to get in touch with the defence ministry and submit a report.

Amount of unpaid power bills increases to Rs286bn

Power companies blame poor governance of power sector for the fresh build-up of unpaid bills known as circular debt.

Plea about seniority of LHC judges admitted

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court admitted on Tuesday a petition for regular hearing to settle a dispute over seniority ...

Comments are closed.
Explore: Indian elections 2014
Explore: Indian elections 2014
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
Front Page