PM approves setting up logistic Co for Pak Post

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad Thursday informed the Senate that the Prime Minister has approved a summary to set up a logistic company for Pakistan Post in order to make it competitive with other companies.
Responding to various questions during Question Hour, the minister conceded that performance of Pakistan Post was not up to the mark and setting up the logistic company would help improve its service delivery.
He said some 22 Post Offices have been established in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa during the last four years. New Post Offices were set up to cater to public requirements in accordance with the prescribed criteria, also keeping in view the financial viability subject to availability of manpower/resources, he added.
He said in the fierce competitive environment, Pakistan Post Office Department was endeavouring to improve service delivery and cater to the present days requirements of the clientele with an ultimate objective to serve the people better.To another question, Sheikh Aftab said there were total 33 toll plazas on M-1 and M-2. The maintenance of M-2 (Islamabad-Lahore) was given to Frontier Works Organization (FWO) for Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis for 20 years under an agreement. The FWO would collect toll tax for 20 years besides maintaining and repairing the M-2, he said.
He said FWO would also give Rs.200 billion during the said period to National Highway Authority. He said M-2 had already completed it life and it needed complete re-carpeting which was done by the FWO.
To a supplementary question, the minister said FWO could not enhance toll tax and NHA Board has the right to fix toll taxes.
He said vehicles of only defence forces and NHA were exempted from toll tax. To a question, Sheikh Aftab told that some 530 Date palm trees were planted in the median of Pindi Bhattian-Faisalabad Motorway M-3 in year 2003-04 by the construction Contractor without any cost to NHA and only 175 plants survived at site. Later on a contract has been awarded on Oct, 30, 2016 to M/s Rustam Associates for restocking of mortality Date trees with one year maintenance, he said.-NNI