LAHORE – The Punjab government has imposed a fine of Rs 40 million on the National Logistic Cell (NLC) over the construction of substandard wall along the Ring Road at the Band Road area of the provincial capital, sources in the provincial government revealed on Saturday.

As per sources, the NLC constructed a 10 kilometres long and six feet high wall along the road at a cost of Rs 90 million for the safety of pedestrians. After the completion of the project, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif ordered his inspection team to examine the quality of work.

The Chief Minister’s Inspection Team (CMIT) observed that though, the road construction was up to the standard, but the wall was constructed with a half strength of material. Resultantly, the Punjab government took up the matter with the NLC and conveyed the examination report.

Sources claimed that the NLC had confessed to some extent that the construction quality was poor, but there was no malafide intention on the part of the organisation.

It is worth mentioning the CMIT recommended to Shahbaz that since wall was constructed with half strength of material, therefore, only half payment should be disbursed. It suggested payment of around Rs 40 million only, as the construction cost stood at Rs 90 million.

Sources in the Chief Minister Secretariat said as per the protocol of construction, one must ensure proper attention after the completion of work and only proper watering (curing) to the constructed building could bring full strength, which was not done in case of the Ring Road wall.

An official in the secretariat was of the view that the wall was constructed with standardised material, but the absence of proper care after the construction lessened the strength of the wall, which was a responsibility of the NLC management.

Sources claimed that correspondence between CM secretariat and NLC was underway on the fine recommended by the CMIT, as the NCL was trying to minimise the penalty amount. A senior official of the Punjab government seeking anonymity said though, the wall was strong enough to serve the purpose, but since its strength was half so the payment should also be made reduced correspondingly.