Rains caused damage worth RS 13.76 billion to Roads, National Highway Authority tells Senate body.
ISLAMABAD, October 19, 2010 (Frontier Star): National Highway Authority (NHA) officials told the officials of Senate Standing committee for Communication that recent torrential rains caused damage worth of Rs 13.76 billion and Rs 17.40 billion are needed for reconstruction. A meeting of Standing Committee for Communication was held on Tuesday here at Parliament House while Chairman Committee Senator Wali Muhammad Badini presided over the meeting. During the meeting damage of roads and bridges caused by torrential rains and ongoing communication projects in Balochistan was reviewed. According to report of World Bank damage assessment of roads is Rs 18 billion while reconstruction assessment is Rs 22 billion. Chairman NHA Altaf Chaudhry told the committee that reconstruction of roads in Balochistan is impossible due to dearth of funds and deteriorating law and order situation. The torrential rains washed away 639-kilometer roads, 46 bridges, 333-kilometer roads and 38 bridges. Chairman NHA told that Rs 9 billion, 310 million are needed for reconstruction of roads in the province. The damage assessment of roads and bridges in Sindh is Rs 3 billion, 460 million while Rs 4.64 billion needed for reconstruction. Flood damaged Communication system causing loss of Rs 1.60 billion while Rs 1.440 billion is needed to reconstruct the road network. The committee was told that the flood damaged the roads in Azad Kashmir caused Rs 740 million while Rs 980 million needed for reconstruction. In Gilgit Baltistan damage assessment of roads is Rs 420 million while Rs 520 million needed for reconstruction. Chairman NHA told that World Bank and Asian Development Bank would lend money for complete reconstruction of roads. He further told that all roads in Malakand are under control of Pak Army. He said that Rs 450 million are needed for reconstruction of Chakdara bridge while Rs 10 billion are needed for reconstruction of road from Chakdara to Kalam. Senator Abdul Malik said that present government stopped the projects started by previous government in Balochistan. He said that 100 per cent funds issued for reconstruction of roads in Sindh while only 30 per cent issued for Balochistan. Chairman NHA said that Finance ministry does not issue funds on time. Arbab Alamgir Minister for communication said that the ministry cannot start any project without approval of Planning Commission. The committee directed the NHA and the ministry to make plan for immediate reconstruction of roads and bridges. The committee sought details of the companies who had sent tenders by NHA in 2009 regarding reconstruction of roads.
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|Publication:||The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)|
|Date:||Oct 19, 2010|
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