Politicians had pocketed the money that they should have spent for mark standard, CM

Peshawar: Expressing shock over dilapidated condition of roads and other infrastructure built in the past, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak said, the politicians and bureaucrats in previous governments had pocketed the money that they should have spent to ensure up to the mark standard of the civil works.

Welcoming criticism of the private sector architects, Pervez Khattak announced to constitute a joint working group for looking into the prospects of public-private partnership in fool proof execution of government constructions in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Speaking at concluding ceremony of the Architects Conference and Exhibition of Building Materials here today, the Chief Minister expressed his government’s resolve to fully get rid of corrupt bureaucracy by the end of the present provincial government’s term and said that competent and honest architecture and civil works professionals would be duly supported by the government.

The Institute of Architects, Pakistan, organized the event. KP Minister for Local Government, Inayatullah, Minister for Minerals, Ziaullah Afridi, Advisor to the CM for Environment, Ishtiaq Urmar, Senator Noman Wazir, President IAP, Jahangir Sherpao, Peshawar Chapter President, Majid Khan, other office bearers of IAP, eminent architects from all over the country, building experts, and large number of fine arts, interior designing and architecture students attended the function.

The Chief Minister regretted that even most of the private engineering consultants, who were engaged to eliminate corrupt practices in civil works departments, could not deliver up to the expectations, and the government was looking for honest and enthusiastic professionals of private sector to ensure quality works.

Showing the provincial government’s willingness to include extra 10% amount for the engineers in PC-1s of civil projects, he was of the view that such a step would also pave way for the engineers to earn legitimate income. He said that for eliminating commission and kickbacks for awarding construction contracts and ensuring the quality of work, the government was committed to go to any extent.

Supporting the architect’s proposals and demands, he said that the provincial government was in dire need of the professionals who could devotedly collaborate for establishing a high quality and sustainable infrastructure adding that the ruined condition of roads and buildings, built by previous governments, were a clear sign of corruption of the politician and bureaucrats. He said that the common people had voted the PTI to power only for the change as they were disappointed by the corrupt system of the past.

Pervez Khattak said that his government has introduced a number of reforms and legislation to ensure transparency, accountability and high standard of service delivery in government departments and the common people are now satisfied and happy with output of such measures.

Referring to urban development and beautification as well as architectural renaissance of Peshawar, the Chief Minister claimed that the ugly face of Peshawar had been totally changed by uncompromised removal of encroachments and plenty of successful measures for providing all necessary civic amenities under three different uplift and cleanliness projects.

He disclosed that the government was serious to make Balahisar Fort a true centre of the city by converting it into an attractive public place for Peshawarites and tourists and other guests as well. He told that a proposal was also under consideration for converting Peshawar jail in to a large and beautiful recreational park.