Nowshera's 'substandard' road built at more than 'double the price': German envoy

Published: December 5, 2018
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Martin Kobler took to Twitter to post a photo of the alleged exorbitant, substandard road. PHOTO: TWITTER/@KoblerinPAK

Martin Kobler took to Twitter to post a photo of the alleged exorbitant, substandard road. PHOTO: TWITTER/@KoblerinPAK

The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government built a road in Nowshera district more than double its original price, with much lower quality, German ambassador to Pakistan Martin Kobler has revealed.

“Look at this road at Azakhel Bala built by the villagers, financed by Germany’s KfWpress,” the envoy stated in a Twitter post on Wednesday.

Kobler said, “1 km build by villagers cost 4 million with a 12 inch layer,” and added. “Same road built by @KPGovernment costs 10 million pkr with lower quality (6 inches). CAN YOU TELL ME WHY??”

K-P’s anti-graft department sacks 105 ‘corrupt’ officers

Azakhel Bala is a village in the Pabbi tehsil of Nowshera district in K-P province.

Just last month, the provincial anti-graft department sacked 105 of its own employees after receiving complaints from senior officials about their illicit practices.

According to the K-P Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE), the department initiated action against its own employees after it received complaints some individuals were involved in corrupt practices apart from influencing investigations and misusing their authority.

An official, who did not wish to be named since he was not entitled to speak to media, stated that it took them 10 months to collect evidence against the said employees.

Some of the employees faced departmental inquiries while others, especially those who were on deputation and serving at ACE, were repatriated to their original departments.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • chengez k
    Dec 5, 2018 - 7:10PM

    We need German quality control !!!!Recommend

  • AK
    Dec 5, 2018 - 9:09PM

    We need conscience! It is brain-dead.Recommend

  • Brig. Hanif
    Dec 6, 2018 - 9:46AM

    Respect to Germany, the German Ambassador and the German people. We have to investigate on this and take note as to why KP Government has such inflated costs for building the road. Investigation is necessary, something smells fishy and I’m pretty sure we need to look into it. Also my suggestion to present medal to the German Ambassador Mr. Martin Kobler.Recommend

  • Rizwan
    Dec 6, 2018 - 10:25AM

    Well done sir. Thanks for pointing out. You did same with CDA.Recommend

  • Abbas
    Dec 7, 2018 - 9:22AM

    The road shown in the picture is the one built by germany’s KFW and villagers. However, your photo shown at the start of the article shows the road as the one built by KP Government :) This is hilarious.Recommend

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