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ADB road sector schemes of over Rs48.7bln launched

MURAD REVIEWS PROGRESS OF W&S DEPT

By Commerce Reporter

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that his government has launched Rs.26 billion road sector projects in Sindh under which 239 kilometer road is being constructed across Sindh. He was presiding over a meeting to review the progress of W&S department road sector projects and also discussed Asian Development Bank Sindh Provincial Road Improvement Project (SPRIP) under which 328 km road is being constructed. The meeting was attended by P&D Minister Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, Works & Services Minister Imdad Pitafi, Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput, Secretary Works Aijaz Memon and concerned chief engineers. While briefing the CM, Works Minister Imdad Pitafi said, highways department has launched 488 road schemes, including 396 on-going and 92 new. The roads have almost been completed. Talking about new schemes, the secretary Works said four road sector schemes have been taken up by district government, 37 have been approved by DDWP and 28 have been cleared or approved by PDWP while 21 schemes would be discussed in PDWP in its next meeting. Giving status of 41 schemes, the secretary said that Sakrand Sarhari (Shaheed Benazirabad) and Ruk-Lakhi (Shikarpur) have been completed last month. Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem briefed the chief minister about ADB SPRIP schemes. He said that the project cost is Rs.22750 million in which ADB contributes 90.86 percent soft loan while the provincial government shares 9.14 percent funds. The chief minister was told that under the project 67 km Tando Mohammad Khann Badin road, 55 km Digri-Naukot road, 64 km Khyber-Sanghar via Tando Adam road, 63 km sanghar-Mirpurkhas via Sindhri road,36 km Sheranpur-Ratodero road, 44 km Thul-Kandhkot road have been started. Secretary works told the chief minister that over Rs.4.8 billion funds have been allocated for Maintenance and Repair (M&R) of roads, against which the government has released Rs.1.83 billion. On this the chief minister directed Works Minister Imdad Pitafi to personally watch the proper utilization of funds. “The roads we are constructing must be maintained by carrying out their M&R,” he added.

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