PAC refers NIIA corruption scam to NAB

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The Public Accounts Committee of the Parliament Wednesday referred a matter regarding alleged corruption in a New Islamabad International Airport (NIIA) project to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for investigation within three months.
PPRA Chairman Khizar Hayat told the PAC, which met here with Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah in the chair, that his department had in a letter pointed out to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) irregularities in the tender advertisement for the project at the time of its issuance but the CAA did not heed. The PAC noted that the additional work of ‘Special Baggage Handling System for Passenger Terminal Building’ at the airport costing Rs 587.157 million was granted to M/s Thales-Slex-GE JV companies on the basis of negotiations instead of getting approved the revised PC-1 for the purpose. The audit also revealed that the contractors in the joint ventures were not registered with the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC). The lowest bid for the project was Rs 3,916.801 million but work was awarded to the above companies for Rs 4,503.958 million in violation of law. The PPRA chairman informed the committee that additional work could not be awarded on basis of negotiations beyond the approved bid and tender.—APP