ISLAMABAD - Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Parliament on Monday came down hard on Pakistan Railways expressing deep concerns over irregularities and mismanagement that caused heavy loss to PR. Chaudhry Nisar asked the Ministry to submit a report on policy for recovery of 4,231 acres Railways land from encroachers within seven days. It was discussed in the meeting that high ranked management had leased out the land without any contract. As such, the PR is yet to be reduced its overdrafts of amounting Rs 21.859 billion as on 30th June 2008, report added. The AGPR said that the PR leased out the Railways land without auction and governmental procedure was not being kept in consideration, which was caused the loss of Rs 2.189 billion during Financial Year 2008-09 on account of rental charges against the PR land. The AGPR further said that Pakistan Railways (PR) had failed to recover the Rs 27.577 million in terms of the rental charges for the land being used for agriculture, Rs 172.952 million against the land being used for shops, Rs 30.663 million from Khokha shops, Rs 12.702 million from parking stands on Railways land, Rs 21.975 million for stacking, Rs 26.004 from oil marketing companies and more than Rs 850.899 million from other leases of PR. While justifying, the PR said that oil marketing companies had cleared all the outstanding dues of land rental charges up to 30th June 2009 including the amount of Rs 26.004 million on account of rental charged during the audit year of 2008-09. The report further said that the Wapda had been also occupying illegally the Railways land measuring 87,288 (sft) in Larkana Sub-Division for erection of electrical poles for the last 27 years. However, the report said Pakistan Railways (PR) did not approach the Wapda management to recover the rental charges amounting Rs 78.559 million. In response, Secretary Railways Sami Khiljee clarified that the Divisional Superintendent Sukkur was in contact with Wapda to resolve the issue. He further said that Chief Executive Officer Multan Electric Power Company (MEPCO) had been approached to either shift the Wapda complaint cell or pay the market value of land. Chairman PAC Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan also directed to Secretary Railways to review the actual estimates of the Railways property across the country and take measures to recover the billions of rupees in terms of the rental charges and price of land. The issue regarding the theft of Railways bridges also came in the discussion. During the meeting, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan directed Sardar Ayaz Sadique, the Committee member and Chairman Standing Committee on Railways to take up the salary issue with the relative standing committee. MNA Nadeem Afzal Chan highlighted the diesel issue, saying it was not being supplied to the trains. On the identification of audit officials, the Secretary Railways said that Pakistan Rangers and Pakistan forces had occupied thousands of acres of land.