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Sindh CM seeks completion of 181 road schemes within current fiscal year.

KARACHI -- Chief Minister of Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed the concerned officials to get completed 181 schemes covering 560 kilometers road by the end of current financial year.

Chairing a meeting here Wednesday to review the performances of Works and Services Department, he said no compromise would be acceptable in terms of work quality nor any violation in approved specification will be tolerated in context of each of these schemes.

Mentioning that 100% allocation of Rs 3.3 billion have been released for the project, the chief minister said a separate Sindh Roads' Protection Agency (SRPA) would be created for the safety and protection of Provincial Road Assets on which huge investment was being made.

Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that there should also be a focal person within planning and development department to pursue the foreign funded projects and get these streamlined through concerned national and international organizations.

The Chief Minister Sindh directed the officials to complete all legal formalities and start physical work on two important projects including construction of about 50 km of Karachi-Thatta dual carriage way under PPP mode of investment and construction of Nawabshah-Sanghar 60 Km road under Chinese financial assistance by the end of December 2015.

The Chief Secretary Sindh Mohammad Siddique Memon, Additional Chief Secretary P and D Aijaz Ali Khan, Secretary to CM Alumuddin Bullo, Provincial Secretary for Works and Services Aijaz Ahmed, Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput, Additional Secretary Works and Services, Syed Zahid Hussain other officers from P and D and Works and Services department attended the meeting.

Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that Sindh government had always given importance to the road sector and has allocated Rs 9 billion for the ongoing road schemes and Rs 2 billion for new schemes this year.

Besides Rs 3.7 billion have also been spared only for repair and maintenances of the roads, he added.

The Chief Minister said a separate Sindh Roads Protection Agency (SRPA) would be focused on protection of costly public assets, ensuring durability of roads.

He said that from now onwards no scheme be prepared that may take more than three years in being completed.

Schemes that go beyond three years lead to cost escalation problem and it should be discouraged, said Qaim Ali Shah.

Sindh Secretary for Works and Services, Aijaz Memon told the meeting that as many as 613 schemes of road sector have been taken into hand, out of which 544 were ongoing while 69 have started only recently.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Nov 19, 2015
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