ISLAMABAD - A parliamentary Committee yesterday expressed serious concern over no progress of developmental work on the western route of China Pakistan Economic Corridor, all the focus was on Eastern part of the project.

The committee also expressed reservations over government’s failure to fill 171 posts under Aghaz-e-Huqooq-e-Balochistan package.

The meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Communications held here with Senator Muhammad Daud Khan in the chair. The committee directed the communication officials to give a clear answer to the question whether the Orange Line Train project of Lahore is a part of the CPEC or not?

Senator Kamal Ali Agha said that in the Lahore High Court public prosecutor has accepted that Orange Line Train was a part of the CPEC but later he was removed from the position by the government. The Chairman Committee said that as far as the CPEC is concerned so far no progress was evident on western route, however all the focus was on the Eastern route of the project.

The committee also decided to have the next meeting of the committee with the sole agenda of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and asked for segregated details of all routes of the corridor.

“Even the government is showing Asian Development Bank’s 2004 approved funds and Public Sector Development Programm as a part of CEPC. The government so far has not acquired land for the Western route while Rs40 billions have been allocated for the purpose,” the committee observed.

Regarding government’s failure to make appointments against 171 posts under Aghaz-e-Huqooq-e-Balochistan Package, the committee expressed serious concerns over no progress on the subject and directed the Postal Services Department to issue fresh advertisement in national newspapers for the approved positions.

The committee directed the concerned department to consider those applicants who have prior applied for the posts and all this process should be completed within 15 days. The committee members said that being representatives of the masses it was obligatory for them to raise the public related issues at all forums.

The committee asked the Postal Department to make payments to APNS to ensure publication of advertisements related to Postal department employments in Balochistan.

The Takhat Bhai project, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, was also discussed in the meeting where National Highway Authority (NHA) Chairman assured the committee that it would be completed on 15 July and the issue of M-Tag and E-Tag would be resolved within a month. The Chairman also briefed the committee on Toll Plazas issue and stated that without the construction of road how NHA can create Toll Plazas on different roads.

The chairman committee asked NHA chairman to stop work on all toll plazas which are working against the set rules. He asked for closure of toll plaza on Quetta Chaman road as the road itself hasn’t been completed yet and a toll plaza is constructed there. The committee also decided to visit the ongoing projects of NHA. Chairman also directed NHA Chairman to complete the Habibabad flyover on GT road near Patoki.

The meeting was attended by Senator Sajjid Hussain Turi, Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar, Senator Kamil Ali Aga, Senator Kalsoom Perveen, Senator Rozi Khan Kakar and former Senator Zahid Khan.