New Islamabad Airport to cost Rs 81 bln: Senate told

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Aftab Ahmed Sheikh on Friday informed the Senate that as per revised PC-1, new Islamabad International Airport would cost around Rs 81 billion and an amount of Rs 75.887 billion has been spent on it so far.

Replying to various supplementary questions during Question Hour, the minister said the project was near to completion and it would be opened shortly.

He said the airport was being connected with network of roads. Work on Metro Bus project was also being carried out on fast track to provide best facilities to the commuters, he added.

He said dam has also been competed to fulfill water requirement of the new Islamabad airport besides installing 11 tube wells.

To another question, the minister said the PIA flights on New York route have been suspended due to annually loss of Rs 1 bln. A sub-committee has been set up to review affairs of PIA besides appointing new Chief of the Airline.

He said the government was making all out efforts to address PIA issues. More aircrafts were being acquired on dry and wet leases to expand flights operation, he added.

To a question, Aftab Ahmed said National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) was pursuing the compliance level of Performance Standards (Distribution) Rules (PSDR) 2005.

NEPRA was carrying out monitoring activities of K-Electric on regular basis since last few years, he added. He said during monitoring/verification of media reports regarding un-due load shedding in Karachi in 2015, it was established that K-Electric failed to provide uninterrupted power supply to its consumers on a non-discriminatory basis.

Based on the monitoring results in 2015, NEPRA initiated legal proceedings and after due process, a fine of Rs 10 million was imposed on K-Electric.

Similarly, the same situation was also noted while carrying out the monitoring in 2016 and accordingly, K-Electric was strictly directed to follow the requirements of Performance Standards (Distribution) Rules 2005, he said.

The minister said NEPRA has taken serious notices of all major power breakdowns occurred in Karachi in 2017 and acquired detailed power outages reports from K-Electric.

An explanation has also been issued to K-Electric upon the failure of power supply on June 28, 2017, he said. – APP

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Story first published: 3rd November 2017

Originally Posted on SamaaNews

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