ISLAMABAD - The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has started an inquiry against officials of the Ministry of Special Initiatives in the alleged embezzlement amounting to Rs14 billion in the “Clean Drinking Water for All” project.

According to details, it has been alleged that Officials of the said ministry had obtained bribe from six companies in award of a tender of “CDWA”. However, later the contract came to a halt and no further work has been done till now.

The “Clean Drinking Water Initiatives” was started in February 2005 by Ministry of Special Initiatives, costing Rs. 999.541 million after many revisions of PC-1. Total number of plants to be installed was 445 but work orders were issued for only 406 plants in which 108 plants were completed and functional, 124 plants were completed but were not functional and 102 plants were incomplete. There were number of issues with this project like, no feasibility study was conducted, lack of consultative process and no maintenance contract.

A task force on “Clean Drinking Water for All” was constituted on 4th August 2005. PC-1 was approved by ECNEC in October 2007, costing Rs. 15843.356 million after many revisions of PC-1. Total 6626 plants were required to be installed but only 294 plants were installed.

On the direction of Chairman NAB Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, the NAB authorized an inquiry in order to ascertain facts and take to task those involved in this corruption.