A meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform was held on Friday.
Chaired by Senator Agha Shahzaib Durrani, the meeting was attended by Senator Engr. Rukhsana Zuberi and Senior officers of the Ministry of Planning Development and Reform, Pakistan Economics of Development Economics (PIDE), Pakistan Public Private Partnership Authority (PPPA).
The meeting commenced with a briefing on the DG Khan/Quetta Road Project. The Committee was informed that this road (N50) began at Kuchlak 26 Km noth of Quetta and ran via Muslim Bagh, Killa Saifullah, Zhob and Mughal Kot.
Speaking about road maintenance the Committee was informed that annual average maintenance cost was worth PKR 40 million. Senator Engr. Rukhsana Zuberi was of the view that to maintain quality it was imperative that the company and engineers took full onus of the project. She said that in bygone years the system was to inscribe the name of the Engineer on the Tablet of the project. She said that this practice must be renewed.
Questioning the practice of hiring foreign consultants she said that he Committee must be informed about the reason for choosing a single bidder along with all documentation. Speaking about revenue generating schemes at NHA Senator Engr. Rukhsana Zuberi said that investment opportunities for overseas Pakistanis must be developed. Chairman Committee Agha Shahzaib Durrani recommended that Infrastructure bonds be introduced.
Discussing the role and working of PIDE, Senator Engr. Rukhsana Zuberi stressed the need of translating knowledge into practice. She asserted the need for implementation and to build a liaison between research and implementing organizations.