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NAB seeks record of Rs10b Quetta water project

NAB seeks record of Rs10b Quetta water project

QUETTA: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has taken notice of inordinate delay and unsatisfactory work in the Quetta Water Supply and Environmental Improvement Project (QWSEIP) carried out by the construction company NCL which despite having received the major amount did not complete the project.

“The revised cost of the water project – QWSEIP – was Rs10 billion whereas the Balochistan government released about Rs9 billion to the NCL for its completion; however, the NCL left the work incomplete despite release of the project’s major amount,” Public Health Engineering Secretary Zahid Saleem told NAB Balochistan Director General Mirza Mohammad Irfan Baig during a briefing held to review the pace of work on QWSEIP and Mangi Dam.

The DG was informed that NLC laid pipelines (1,505km) for distribution of water but no record of the blueprints and other relevant documents were available with the QWSEIP.

Expressing dissatisfaction over the inordinate delay and standard of work in the water project, the NAB DG said, “Those responsible will be dealt with an iron hand.”

He issued directives to call NCL authorities along with all relevant record to ascertain as to who caused the loss to the national exchequer by delaying the project of a very important nature.

“The water project, launched for the people of Balochistan, will be completed at all costs,” he maintained.