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NA body dismayed by CDA’s poor maintenance of Parliament Lodges

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on House and Library on Tuesday voiced concerns over the substandard maintenance of the Parliament Lodges and Government Hostel as well as non-implementation of its decisions. The committee, which met under the chair of Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi, also sounded displeased over the supply of low quality furniture and fixtures in the Parliament Lodges. The body, while discussing an item on its agenda regarding the poor maintenance of the Parliament Lodges and Government Hostel, expressed reservations over the quality of maintenance work carried out by the Capital Development Authority (CDA). The committee members were dismayed over the cleanliness and seepage in the Parliament Lodges, and observed that due to the seepage, the roofs and walls of the family suites were in a pathetic condition. The deputy speaker, who was annoyed over the non-implementation of the committee’s earlier decisions, instructed the CDA to address the complaints of the parliamentarians in letter and spirit. He ordered the CDA to act promptly on the complaints, and strictly monitor the quality of food and tidiness in the cafeteria. He also directed the CDA to carry out a complete survey for a permanent solution of the seepage issue.About the delay in construction of more family suites, the committee asked the CDA to take concrete steps to complete the construction work before November this year. The CDA was also instructed by the deputy speaker to investigate the matter of misappropriation in maintenance works and provision of low quality furniture in the Parliament Lodges, and to submit a report within 10 days. Also, the committee members expressed reservations over the stay of unauthorised occupants in the family suites of the Parliament Lodges, and asked the CDA to vacate them.The body also took a serious notice of the false report furnished by the CDA staff to the deputy speaker about the action against unauthorized occupants in the Government Hostel, and directed the CDA to take strict action against those responsible. Also, the committee members expressed reservations over the absence of the CDA chairman from the meeting and instructed to ensure his presence in the next meeting.

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