Islamabad International Airport is always in the news for all the wrong reasons, even before it became operational. This time around, it has been revealed that the Rs. 100 billion-project has got the most important aspect of the airport wrong: the runway is not up to the international standards.
The revelation was made in a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) sub-committee meeting headed by Syed Fakhar Imam. It was also disclosed that the public toilets are also not up to the mark. The committee was told that the number of toilets is insufficient and are in poor condition.
The Federal Aviation Secretary attributed the accumulation of water inside the airport after rains to design flaws in the construction.
The chair also disclosed that at the time of its ground-breaking ceremony, the project concept-I, and financial and infrastructural feasibility was not yet ready.
Despite nine audits and FIA investigations – which ruled seven people responsible – no recommendations by the auditors or the investigators have been implemented thus far.
The PAC sub-committee directed the concerned authorities to clear objections and implement recommendations within two weeks.