Islamabad - In order to maintain the royal standards of the prime minister’s office, the government is set to launch a project worth Rs202.243 million for renovation and refurbishment of the prime minister’s office.

The allocation of Rs202.24 million for the new project will be in addition to Rs23 million already demanded in the Budget 2016-17 for repairs and maintenance of the PM’s office.

An allocation of Rs22 million has been proposed for ‘special’ repair of bathrooms. However, it was not explained in the PC-I that what special thing was being planned with the already lavish style bathrooms of the PM’ office.

A PC-I for the project ‘Rehabilitation and Refurbishment of Prime Minister’s Office Islamabad’ worth Rs202.243 million has been submitted by the Ministry of Housing and Works for the approval of the Central Development Working Party (CDWP), official sources told The Nation here yesterday.

The project was not part of the agenda of CDWP, as the PC-I was submitted on June 7 just one day ahead of the meeting, but it was presented for the approval of the Central Development Working Party’s (CDWP) consideration. The project was not approved as the officials of the Ministry of Housing and Works didn’t show up in the meeting. However the PC-I will be resubmitted to the CDWP in its next meeting, the source said.

According to the PC-I available with this scribe, the basic description of the project aims at renovation and refurbishment of prime minister’s office. The 3,59,342-square feet PM office was constructed in 1997 during the second tenure of the PML-N government. Out of Rs202.243 million Rs106.46 million will be spent on the civil works, Rs86.403 million for the engineering and maintenance and Rs3.482 million for horticulture works.

In civil works, for the special repair of bathrooms Rs21.82 million were demanded, for the replacement of woollen carpet (printed) of all floors (internal/external) Rs14.07 million were demanded, for the replacement of marble flooring at zero level Rs13.10 million were demanded, Rs10.922 million for the installation/ replacement of fire equipments, Rs10.44 million for the replacement of tiles over domes and Rs7.67 million for replacement of tiles of moat and fountain (internal/external).

Besides that, Rs5.631 million have been demanded for renovation of the auditorium hall, Rs2.026 million for the replacement of wooden flooring with porcelain tiles’ banquet hall (teakwood design), Rs4.37 million for replacement of carpet with porcelain tiles, Rs4.986 million for repair/ procurement of new furniture and Rs3.66 million were proposed for polishing of façade marble (octagonal structures).

In E/M works Rs59 million were demanded for the replacement of existing control panel of passenger lifts with new up-graded panels, Rs12.25 million for the repair/replacement of existing control panel of passenger lifts with new upgraded panels, Rs12.692 for the major repair, replacement work of HVAC system and Rs2.463 for the supply of material. For the horticulture works, the allocation of Rs3.48 million was proposed.

Even in the fiscal year 2015-16 about Rs15 million were over spent on the purchase of vehicles by the prime minister’s office.