ISLAMABAD - The Ministry of Communication, which is currently waiting for billion of rupees to complete its delayed projects, has suffered a loss of millions of rupees in terms of escalation cost in different vital projects in previous years. The ministry suffered escalation price in various projects including Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway (M-1), Indus Highway N-55, M-8 Khuzdar-Shadadkot, Shersha Bridge, Nuttal-Sibi-Dhadar N-65, Larkana-Kairpur Bridge over River Indus, Nowshera-Peshwar (N-5) etc, revealed Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) report for financial years 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08. It is worth mentioning here that ministry is not only waiting for money for completion of its delayed projects but also for damaged roads due to flash floods. The government in this regard has almost refused so far to provide money to the ministry. The special audit report revealed that the ministry had faced loss of million of rupees in every project in terms of escalation cost as TMP-Bhawalpur project, Rs 25.25 million, Shersha Bridge over River Chenab, Rs 456.16 million, and Islamabad-Peshawar Rs 431.8 million. The report further said that in different cases the losses are as follow: overpayment of escalation due to non-implementation of the decision of Planning Commission, Rs 359 million; overpayment of price escalation due to change of source, Rs 74.28 million; irregular payment of price escalation due to change of source, Rs 52.3 million; overpayment of escalation due to revision of rates, Rs 46.52 million; over payment of price escalation due to post-bid amendment Rs 34.7 million; and others. According to the report in most of the cases the price escalated due to non-availability of funds, slow pace, change in design and other matters. Communication Minister Dr Arbab Alamgir has already admitted that ministry was running short of finance to complete much delayed projects. He said that a number of times he had visited finance ministry for money for delayed projects. He said that that the total PSDP allocation for 2010-11 is Rs 44.63 billion and by the end of the 3rd Quarter it had only received Rs 11.63 billion.