Arrangements made to tackle expected floods

HYDERABAD: Provincial Minister for Finance, Planning and Irrigation Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that all necessary arrangements had been made for coping with possible flood-like situation in the province so as to avoid any harm or possible damage in expected flood.

He informed that Sindh government started a project to construct a new four-line bridge on Indus River at Thatta-Sujawal with the cost of Rs 2.7 billion in April 2014 and the bridge will soon be completed in the end of the August 2016 and opened for the both light and heavy traffic.

This he informed while talking to media persons after inspecting the ongoing construction work on 4-Line Thatta-Sujawal Bridge. On this occasion, Ex-Minister Sadiq Ali Memon, Ex-MNA Dr Abdul Wahid Soomro, MPA RehanaLeghari, Deputy Commissioner Thatta Tahir Hussain Sangi, Deputy Commissioner Sujawal Aayo Khan Marri and other officers of the relevant departments were also present.

The minister told media that all possible arrangements, including supply of flood fighting and Abklani material, strengthening of protective dykes and removal of the encroachments from the riverine areas of the Indus River, have been made by utilizing all available resources.

More funds are yet required to cope with possible flood-like situation in the province, and in this regard, a letter was also sent to the federal government for releasing of funds but not even a single penny has been released as yet, he informed.