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2016-07-21 11:17:37

A classic case of incompetency: Islamabad airport becomes a white elephant

The Civil Aviation Authority raised the spectre of a further delay in the completion of Islamabad’s new airport after its officials warned that it may well go beyond the end of 2016. However, the CAA is reluctant to give a precise date in this regard. A senior CAA official told The Express Tribune that there was no chance of the project being completed within the stipulated deadline of December. “We have to wait till next year or even beyond that for the project to become operational,” a senior CAA official, privy to the development said. The official, who wished not to be named, said the authority was currently working on the revised date which would soon be announced. The Islamabad airport is a classic case of the errors that continue to be recurrent in any developmental work in Pakistan. A lack of foresight is most commonly cited as the reason the airport is taking so much longer to construct. Costs are higher than expected, simply because the initial estimates failed to account for several crucial aspects during the budgeting stage. The fact that several foreign experts hired to consult on the project do not have the qualifications necessary for the job, did not bode well. Also, the firm hired for crafting the airport design has been accused of bribing officials in other countries. There was a lack of oversight by the CAA and as a result, design deficiencies were discovered when it was much too late to make amends. The project has sucked up too much money and time for the design to be altered. There has already been an enormous amount of negative publicity surrounding the new airport but the project needs to be completed, regardless of its flaws because the current Islamabad airport is in a shoddy state. Every delay and budgetary hike draws more ire from the public. However, it is perhaps still too much to hope that this fiasco will provide some lessons in project management to our authorities.

 

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