ISLAMABAD - Besides other contributory factors to make Pakistan Railways (PR) to run into deficit, ill planning in purchase of locomotives items also resulted in blockage of capital amounting to Rs 139.38 million. Providing another blow to the organisation already facing criticism from different quarters, allegedly 18,507 wooden sleepers that were purchased around two years back remained untreated resulting in blockage of capital amounting to Rs 139.38 million.The Audit General of Pakistan (AGP) in this regard further unearthed that the untreated wooden sleepers purchased in huge quantity were still lying in Track Depot at Haripur band. The details of the case revealed that during audit of the track supply office, Lahore in July 2009 it was noticed that wooden sleepers/crossing timbers of deodar in various sizes valuing Rs 139.38 million were purchased through different purchase orders during the period from August 2007 to October 2009. The average consumption of treated sleepers was very slow and 18,507 sleepers could be used in the track renewal or any new work of track, said report on the accounts of Pakistan Railways (PR) audit year 2009-10. These untreated sleepers are lying idle causing loss to national exchequer. It may be mentioned here that this alleged irregularity was also pointed out by the end of last year. Departmental Accounts Committee (DAC) also directed to take action against the persons responsible for blockage of capital due to unnecessary purchase of wooden sleepers under intimation to audit. It would not be out of place to mention here that according to the Para 131 of Pakistan government Railway Code for the stores department every public officer should exercise the same vigilance in respect of expenditure incurred from government revenues as a person of ordinary prudence would exercise in respect of expenditure of his own money.