ISLAMABAD: The Senate House Committee on Thursday ordered the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to open a salon in Parliament Lodges for women parliamentarians “as soon as possible”.
The committee, headed by Senate Deputy Chairman Saleem Mandviwalla, gave the directions after Senator Kulsoom Parveen said that despite clear directions from the convener of the committee to consult her and Samina Saeed for the allocation of a place for the salon in Parliament Lodges, the CDA officials had not bothered to contact either of them.
The chairman directed CDA to solve the issue on priority with consultations of two senators.
Regarding complaints of different senators about their accommodation in Parliament Lodges, the Senate deputy chairman directed CDA officials to contact senators and solve their issues with immediate effect.
He also reminded CDA that directions to make a financial plan about repair and maintenance work of the lodges were given but were not implemented.
Regarding budget, the committee was informed that Rs319 million were allocated for repair and maintenance work of the lodges whereas the agency had spent Rs203 million so far.
Senator Samina Saeed while referring a report, pointed out that water supply in the Parliament House and Parliament Lodges was substandard.
She pleaded the Senate deputy chairman to direct CDA to ensure purified water supply whereas ensuring the delivery of electricity bills to parliamentarians at least seven days earlier than the last date.