Corruption of Rs4.722b in BRT Project: AGP Revealed
In the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, the Auditor General of Pakistan found Rs4.722 billion in corruption,The auditors pointed out that this figure comprised Rs1,478.026 million in recovery. Kamran Bangash, the special assistant to the CM of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the provincial government’s spokesperson, informed that the audit report is a standard procedure. Some objections are found in the lack of documents using audit paras.
He said many objections and difficulties are resolved in the Departmental Accounts Committee (DAC) meeting, while the remaining audit report is presented in the Public Accounts Committee meeting (PAC). He stated that the government would fiercely contest all PAC objections because the Bus Rapid Transit project was free of corruption.
The provincial government approved paying Rs300,000 per month in BRT allowances to the officers of the Project Monitoring Committee, including the additional chief secretary and regional secretaries, according to the audit report 2019-20, but an additional sum of Rs10 million was paid to these officers. Shehzad Khan Bangash, the then assistant chief secretary, and former secretaries Kamran Rehman, Syed Jamaluddin Shah, and Zahir Shah were among the officers.
According to the audit report, all of the dismantled goods belonged to PDA, but due to a lack of sufficient documentation, the dismantled materials worth Rs25.445 million were misappropriated.