Financial irregularities worth crores of rupees have come to light in Peshawar Development Authority.
According to the audit report, PDA bought plants worth Rs 1 crore 43 lakh illegally and at a price higher than the market rate, which is also not environmentally friendly.
According to the report, 5 bonsai plants were purchased and the price of one plant is more than 5 lakh 25 thousand rupees, while the snack bonsai plant was bought for more than 3 lakh 94 thousand rupees.
According to the audit report, PDA officials conducted irregular inspections of commercial units, which resulted in a loss of Rs. 3 crore 70 lakh rupees was lost due to illegal alterations in the master plan of Hayatabad.
The report states that an 18-Kanal plot in Hayatabad was given to a private company for a 3-star hotel and a wedding hall. Due to the non-collection of revenue from commercial units in Hayatabad, there was a loss of Rs. 858.5 million.
According to the report, 2 crores 44 lakh performance security was not taken from the contractor for the construction of the park on the ring road, while 24 crore rupees related to the non-cancellation of the contract was not received from the contractor.
The report further stated that a loss of 1 crore 4 lakh rupees were incurred by recruiting retired employees as consultants.
The audit report has recommended that a NAB inquiry be made into financial irregularities in PDA.
On the other hand, in a conversation with Geo news, DG Peshawar Development Authority Fayyaz Shah said that many questions of the audit report have been answered, the plants have been purchased at the market rate while 90 percent of the audit is decided in the para-departmental account committee meeting