RAWALPINDI – With the completion of renovation work of the new building, allotted to National Accountability Bureau (NAB), RMC Boys Hostel would be handed over to the authorities concerned by the end of May this year.

According to details, the competent authority in the PM secretariat had earlier allotted to NAB the building of Ministry of Social Welfare and Special Education that was vacated due to devolution of the ministry to the provinces.

NAB started the process of shifting to the allotted building and expected to complete the process within two weeks. On this understanding, the Director NAB had stated that RMC hostel would be vacated within two weeks. However, on the next day, the competent authority canceled the said allotment and NAB halted the process of shifting. Afterwards, the federal government allotted Block-1 & 2 of the Melody Civic Centre building to NAB. The building is not usable as it had been damaged and burnt during Lal Masjid operation and the ensuing riots in 2007.

NAB in consultation with Pak PWD, the Ministry of Housing and Works, prepared a renovation plan of the building and got approved the same layout from the concerned quarters. The tender for renovation of the building was called through national dailies, and the contract has already been awarded. The work in this regard will be started soon.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had also taken a suo moto notice of the matter and the NAB had humbly submitted its reply promising that after the completion of the renovation work of its new building, RMC Boys Hostel would be handed over to the authorities concerned by the end of May this year.