Qaim orders completion of 40 road schemes

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed Works & Services Department to complete 40 schemes of 881 kilometers roads launched for over Rs10bn by end of this year.

At a meeting of Works & Services Department ADP here at CM House, he was told that 314 schemes of road sector would be completed by the end of next financial year. These schemes include renovation, widening, redesigning and construction of new roads in districts of Sanghar, Benazirabad, Dadu, Badin, Jamshoro, Mirpurkhas, Naushehroferoze, Shikarpur and Sukkkur.

Minister for Works & Services, Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani said that from the next financial year a $200 million Asian Development Bank (ADP) mega scheme would be launched to construct 328 kilometers long six of districts, Jacobabad, Kandhkot, Larkana, Sanghar, Mirpurkhas and Badin.

Under the same scheme 25-year Sindh road sector Master Plan would be prepared keeping in view traffic data and growing population trend. Apart from it, the engineers would also be given training of new construction techniques.

Minister requested to double allocation of their department so that 314 schemes of 2700 kilometers roads could be completed next year.

Minister for Finance, Syed Murad Ali Shah told the meeting that the allocation of Works & services for the current financial year was Rs9.7 billion but they have been given Rs10.797 billion because the chief minister gave importance to road sector. “For the next financial year their allocation can be increased if the chief minister approves the proposal.”

Qaim Ali Shah said he wants to give 10kilometer road scheme to each district headquarter and 5kilometer road scheme to taluka headquarters.

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