ISLAMABAD (APP) - National Assembly was informed Saturday that Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) suffered Rs76.54 billion losses till June while the management had buttressed the efforts to improve the situation. PIA suffered Rs76.54 billion accumulated losses till June 30, 2009 due to depreciation in Pakistani rupees value, high fuel prices, debt servicing on fleet loans and increase in financial cost of domestic loans, Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar told the House during question hour session. To a question by MNA Birjees Tahir, he said PIA had taken many steps to improve the financial institution including fleet modernisation, marketing initiatives and route rationalisation. PIA was upgrading its engineering department enabling it to overhaul Boeing aircraft. Some Boeing aircraft parts were also being manufactured, he said. To a supplementary question, the Minister said that Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has no authority to change the name of Peshawar airport or other airports. However, there were plans for upgradation and expansion of various airports. A concept plan has been developed and CAA is making efforts to acquire land for expansion. Ahmad Mukhtar said no new aircraft was purchased during 2008-09. Only one new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft was inducted in its fleet as part of the project of 08 B-777 family aircraft. The Minister said no PIA land at any location has been under encroachment. However, about 24 kanals land of CCA along Benazir Bhutto International Airport Islamabad and 80 acres in Deh Safooran district Malir Karachi has been encroached. CAA was taking steps to remove the encroachers and notices were served to them, he added. Meanwhile, The Ministry of Communication told National Assembly that it would repair electronic toll collection system on motorways on modern lines in order to facilitate motorists and streamline revenue collection system. The project would cost Rs1.2 billion and international tenders would be opened on November 19 in this regard, Parliamentary Secretary for Communication, Saeed Iqbal Chaudhry apprised the National Assembly on Saturday. Replying to various questions during the question hour session, he said that the Minister of Communication himself expressed concerns over the manual collection of toll at toll plazas and sought international bidding for improvement of the system. He said 26 toll plazas have been handed over to bidders and others would be handed over to the concerned successful bidders after depositing bidding amount and guarantee. The Parliamentary Secretary said the government has leased out the toll plazas through open bidding, adding that all the toll plazas were being rebuilt on turn by turn basis, he added. Saeed Iqbal said National Highway Authority (NHA) has planted no sapling on national highway from Islamabad to Lahore during the monsoon plantation drive 2009. However, he said NHA had launched a drive for tree plantation with the collaboration of the NGOs and multinational companies. Saeed Iqbal said spray and safety of saplings and trees was part of maintenance and included in the contract agreements as liability and responsibility of the contractor in fulfilling the contractual obligations. He said NHA leased out land for various businesses including CNG stations on the national highways through the authorization rested with the NHA. The criterion adopted for leasing of land was advertised both in print and electronic media, he added. The Secretary said ambulance service was available for incident management on motorway M-1, M-2 and M-3. More ambulances were being purchased and recently the facility was provided to M-9, he added.