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Irregularities detected in New Islamabad International Airport.

Islamabad -- New Islamabad International Airport project has been in problems since its start in 2007. However, at the moment it is heading towards a financial disaster because of unnecessary intervention of Aviation Division, which is siding with a resourceful contractor of the project.

It is learnt through reliable sources that previous project director Brig Mushtaq was removed from the project for being honest. Now newly appointed project Director Pervez Kiani has been forced to comply with the wishes of the contractor. Authority of DG Civil Aviation has been curtailed significantly and all decisions, mostly favouring contractor are being dictated by the Aviation Division. Those Civil Aviation employees who are resisting these controversial decisions are set to be removed from the Project in next few days.

The powerful contractor has recently been paid 33 million Rs against all rules and regulations. However, it is only the tip of the iceberg. Planning has been done to facilitate the contractor in issuing of "taking over certificate" of one of the contracts without safeguarding the interest of the project. This totally is a sided decision which is likely to create legal difficulties for the project in future and result in hefty payments to contractor who has already been paid over 4 billion Rs as claims.

It has also been reported that cracks have developed on the runway due to faulty work of the contractor and efforts are being made to issue "Taking over certificate" so that contractor does not get penalized for the substandard work and ultimately CAA bears the cost of expensive repair of the runway cracks. The investigation report regarding cause of cracks by an eminent geo technical expert is being hushed up to save the contractor from blame.

At the moment all the indicators suggest that connivance of Aviation Division higher ups with the contractor will result in the project cost being escalated beyond 100 Billion Rupees.

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Publication:Frontier Post (Peshawar, Pakistan)
Date:Dec 26, 2014
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