LAHORE - Whether it is efficiency or magic, Additional Director General Lahore Development Authority Ihsan ul Haque has completed inquiries against the officers of Engineering Wing only in five days after taking charge as inquiry officer while these inquiries were earlier pending with the same officer from a couple of months, reliable sources informed TheNation on Sunday.

The sources further informed that the inquiry officer submitted his reports of 11 inquiries in the office of Lahore Development Authority Director General Ahad Cheema after completing inquiries with his findings and recommendations just two days before his retirement. However, in his inquiry reports, Ihsan ul Haque recommended stern action under the light of Punjab Employees Efficiency, Discipline and Accountability Act 2006 (PEEDA Act 2006) against such influential officers and action against such officers on account of corruption is also expected in next a couple of days, they added. They said that the inquiry officer recommended forced retirement or demotion.

The officers who were facing inquiries on account of corruption from months also include former Lahore Development Authority Chief Engineer Ch Abdul Rab and Asad Abbas Jaffri who although have already been forcibly retired from their services on the same allegation of corruption, they further added. The sources informed this scribe that legal action is also expected against Deputy Director Muhammad Saeed Akhtar of grade 18 who has been appointed Chief Engineer Transport Engineering and Planning Agency (TEPA) on March 19 and he was being posted on such an important seat despite he was under trial of corruption inquiries against him. However, the inquiry against LDA Director Engineering (ADS-II) Malik  Mushtaq is also under way and likely to be completed in a couple of days, they added.

The sources disclosed that the decision against Director Engineering (ADS-I) Ijaz Kausar, Director Engineering Kachi Abadies Mian Muhammad Ijaz, Deputy Directors Rasheed Naeem, Zafar Iqbal, Majid Rasheed, Abdul Muteen Asghar, Assistant Directors Tahir Shabir Baloch, Zafar Naeem, Kashif Durani, Ikram ur Rehman, Wasim Ghauri, Ishtiaq and Ehsan Elahi is likely to be announced in next 24 hours. On the other hand, some reliable told TheNation that not all but reports of most of inquiries have been completed and submitted under PEEDA Act in the office of Lahore Development Authority Director General for issuing final decisions while the reports of remaining inquiries would be soon completed and submitted in office of the same authority.

However, the sources claimed that those influential officers who allegedly were involved in corruption in development projects and were facing inquiries in this regard, finally succeeded to shift inquiries on March 19 while new Lahore Development Authority Director General smelt the rat and initiated action immediately and appointed ADG Hafiz Ihsanul Haque as inquiry officer again on March 26 through a notification ordering him to complete inquiry reports.

Following the directions, he submitted two inquiry reports on March 30 while four inquiry reports on March 31 in the office of DG after completion, they said, adding that inquiries of corruption in the projects of Gulshan-e-Ravi Drain, project of making Graveyard of F-Block Johar Town, a model graveyard, misappropriation in the installation of bio-metric system, embezzlement in the construction of LDA’s One Window Cell, corruption in construction of roads in different blocks of Johar Town and misappropriation in the construction of Block 4 and 5 of Office Building of LDA in Johar Town were included.

Besides these inquiries, embezzlement in the procurement of computers and other accessories and renovation and decoration of LDA Plaza are likely to be completed soon, they concluded.

DCO inspects Lorry Adda: District Coordination Officer Noor-ul-Amin Mengal paid a surprise visit of Lorry Adda, Badami Bagh here on Sunday to examine condition of roads and cleanliness. The DCO took notice of poor condition of cleanliness and directed the administrator to expedite the procedure of providing basic facilities to the passengers.

Noorul Amin Mengal also instructed the administrator to improve sanitation situation and repair the roads as soon as possible.

 He directed to construct waiting room for passengers prior severe summers.