ISLAMABAD: A high level meeting of Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) on Monday finalized strategy to complete 1000 schools on a fast track basis in Azad Kashmir and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, destroyed in October 8, 2005 earthquake.
Presiding the meeting, ERRA’s Deputy Chairman Maj Gen Mohammad Azeem Asif said that out of Prime Minister’s announced Rs 8 billion, the federal government was in process to release Rs 3.5 billion for 500 schools’ completion in AJK and KP in six months.
He said all those schools which were at advance stage or their physical progress was 50 per cent will be completed within six months from the Prime Minister Education package.
He said rest of 500 schools will be completed with cost of Rs.4.5 billion by the December 30, 2015. He directed the concerned District Reconstruction Units of AJK and KP to prepare list of schools pertaining to their area, performance of contractor and the priority indicated by the public representatives.
He also directed the concerned wings of ERRA to foster confidence and liabilities of the contractors pertaining to the selected schools with a view to complete these schools at fast track basis.
He also directed the concerned officers of project and consultants to make arrangements for the speedy operation. He praised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for approval of Rs. 3 billion counterpart funding to the Chinese companies for the completion of AJK city development projects.
He was confident that the funds will be released by the concerned ministry within couple of days for the completion of projects in Muzaffarabad, Bagh and Rawalakot cities of Azad Kashmir.
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