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Two more Sindh project set to be approved in CPEC: Murad Ali Shah.

KARACHI -- In CPEC, two more projects of socioeconomic development and agriculture will be approved for Sindh and their impact on development of the province would be great. The Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) is the highest CPEC forum and its last week meeting in China was in this regard. The CPEC authorities have included two more sectors - agriculture and socio-economic development in its projects list, said Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah while talking to media just after attending the convocation of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto University of Law (SZABLU) at Korangi Campus. He was accompanied by Advisor on Law Murtaz Wahab. He said: 'I presented two projects in the JCC and most probably they would be approved by the relevant Joint Working Group in its meeting to be held in March.' The chief minister said that he had presented a mega project of channelization of 180 km of River Indus from Guddu Barrage to Sukkur Barrage. 'It is a mega project and the provincial government is working to complete its required formalities and through Joint Working Group, it would be forwarded to CPEC authorities for final approval,' he said. He said that the channelization of River Indus would be a great project for developing agriculture sector. It would not only save water, but would control water logging and salinity in the areas along both banks of the river. The channelization would help save these areasfrom floods and develop large agricultural landsin the katcha areas. The chief minister said that he had told the Chinese authorities that the Thar Foundation was already working in education, health, socio-forestry and bio-saline agriculture. 'I proposed them to approve the project for Thar Foundation so that it could be implemented in Thar area where a Coal-Fired Power Plant was being established under the CPEC projects. Shah said that the Chinese authorities appreciated the efforts of Sindh government and referred the project to Joint Working Group which would meet in March 2019 and 'I am sure it would be approved,' he said. Replying to a question, he said that his government was ready to appoint standing committees in the provincial assembly during the last session. 'These committees are appointed by the assembly and we are ready forsuch appointments in the next assembly session,' he assured.

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Date:Dec 24, 2018
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