4 NATCO buses burnt, CS orders inquiry

Category: Gilgit-Baltistan
Published on Thursday, 09 October 2014 11:19




GILGIT: Gilgit – Baltistan [G-B] Chief Secretary Sikandar Sultan Raja has taken notice of the incident in which fire destroyed four Northern Areas Transport Corporation NATCO buses at Islamabad this week.

The four buses were parked at the NATCO bus stand when caught fire in mysterious circumstances last Sunday, leading to loss of millions of rupees to the government.

“The chief secretary has taken note of it and ordered a swift inquiry,” said Farooq Ahmed, deputy director information at Gilgit.

“Those responsible would be taken to task,” Ahmed told Outpost.

 Secretary excise and taxation Syed Akhtar Rizvi has been made inquiry officer with a mandate to complete the task immediately and fix responsibilities.

Mohammad Sikandar Sultan Raja, who visited the management units of NATCO in Islamabad, expressed displeasure over the mismanagement, asking the staff to put the house in order without any delay.

“The chief secretary also ordered selling out of the ‘useless buses’ besides making the bus terminals safe and functional for passengers,” said the official.

Northern Areas Transport Corporation (NATCO) is a government transport corporation operating its services from G-B to Karachi, Gawadar and China through KKH (Karakoram Highway).