Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday rejected the inquiry report on the cost escalation of the Nandipur Thermal Power Plant power project as the report glossed over the issue of who was responsible. The prime minister directed the secretary Planning Commission (PC) to resubmit a complete and comprehensive report till July 25.
According to a source in the Prime Minister House, the secretary PC Hassan Nawaz Tarar had submitted the report the other day and the prime minister rejected it by expressing dissatisfaction over the weak findings and asked the secretary PC to resubmit it within five days.
The sources said that the secretary PC proposed another committee to evaluate this issue, justifying lack of capacity of the commission to decide the matter. The sources said that the suggestion annoyed PM Nawaz and he took exception of this position and conveyed to the secretary to re-submit the report with clear inquiry as the PC was mandated and equipped with all the sectors specialists.
The Nandipur power project cost has been increased by 157% from Rs22.335 billion to Rs57.380 billion without any justification; rather it has been approved in haste apparently because of the role of some influential officials who have advisory role.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 21st, 2013.