Karachi: Central Deputy Secretary of PPP and Sindh Minister for Information Sharjeel Inam Memon has said that during last five year of PPP Government, irrigation department has carried out 511 development schemes including 301 ongoing projects costing Rs.8422 million.
While talking to a group of media persons here at his office on Tuesday, he said to boost up the national economy, alleviate poverty in rural areas of Sindh and ensure delivery of drinking water to urban areas, the elected government started 3420 mile canal bank strengthening, 1895 mile re-sectioning of canals, 247 mile stone pitching, 5277 numbers of modules and 33 bridges are in progress, 73 % percent work has been completed.
Minister further said that unfortunately the devastation caused by Super Flood 2010 and heavy rainfall in 2011 damaged the irrigation infrastructure of both sides of River Indus. The department prepared 76 different development schemes for remodelling of flood protective bunds at the estimated cost of Rs.18.00 billion. The project has been executed with the assistance of Asian Development Bank and 70% work of this project has been completed.
He said that the project of right bank outfall drain (BROD) is under construction from Sehwan to Sea. The project is being supported and monitored by 5-Corps engineer. He said that the completion of project will provide the facility to carry out the drainage effluent of Sindh and Balochistan provinces from Karam Poor to Sea at Gharo Creek and Manchar Lake and will be pollution free.
Minister further told that the present government assigned top priorities to Rehabilitation of Sukkur Barrage to improve its structures and allied works with the assistance of World Bank. Government focuses to establish small dams for agriculture and drinking purpose in Sindh, he concluded.