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House panel questions Fin Min on Pokhara Airport construction

KATHMANDU: A meeting of the Legislature-Parliament, Public Accounts Committee held today concluded that some weaknesses were seen while forwarding the process to construct the international airport in Pokhara. The committee directed to remain alert for such process in the days to come.

While reading out the decision, Committee Chairperson Ramkrishna Yadav said the time for bidding the process was insufficient earlier and directed the Tourism Ministry to extend timeframe for this.

The meeting has concluded that it was wrong on part of the Ministers to sign contracts with the organizations and companies and directed the Council of Ministers to submit reports showing the details as to which ministers  had made such wrongdoings.

The Committee grilled Finance Minister Barshaman Pun Friday citing procedural weaknesses in the airport construction deal.

In response to the queries by the committee members, Minister Pun said he had forwarded the bidding process in line with appropriate legal process, adding they were ready to correct the mistake if there was any.

Minister Pun clarified that the process was put forward in a good faith of completing the construction at the earliest.

The Airport is going to be constructed with the subsidized loan assistance of the Chinese government, he added.

During the meeting, lawmaker of Rastriya Janashakti Party Dr. Prakash Chandra Lohani expressed concern over the Finance Ministry’s act of signing deal with the Chinese company for the airport construction without completing the necessary legal process.

Nepali Congress leader Deep Kumar Upadhyay said suspicion arose when the Ministry provided only 45 days against five months while calling bidding process for the project construction with the cost of Rs. 14 billion.

Leader of the UCPN-Maoist Narayan Dahal and CPN (UML) leader Rabindra Adhikari said the project construction process should be put forward correcting mistakes made during the bidding process. RSS

Published Date: Saturday, March 24th, 2012 | 12:34 AM

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