Sindh Minister for Planning and Development Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani has expressed serious concerns over unused funds of various schemes related to works and service and roads and Irrigation department.
It is regrettable that despite releasing billions of rupees not a single penny had been spent on 44 schemes of irrigation and 139 projects of works and service in current financial year, said a statement issued here on Thursday. This he said while presiding over a Mid year review meeting of development schemes included in the ADP 2016-17. The Secretary Works and Service Aijaz Ahmed Memon told the meeting that 1513 schemes are ongoing in current financial year with an estimated cost of Rs 11678.390 million out of which only Rs 7312.941 million had been utilized while a released sum of Rs 1085.811 million for 139 schemes remain unused so far.
The given figures of Irrigation department were still shocking which said an additional amount of Rs 14187.249 million for 306 ongoing schemes had been released against the sum of Rs 12803.660 million whereas Rs 794.523 million of the released funds for 44 schemes remain unused to date.
Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani directed the concerned authorities to expedite the development schemes in order to escape the lapse of funds. Besides he instructed the works and service department to complete the projects of Steel Mill Quaidabad road, Thatta Karachi dual carriage way, Dhabeji Economic zone way and Kandhkot Thull road by the end of June this year.
Adding that it is high time to spread a network of roads linking small towns and villages to large cities in order to improve the economic activity of the region.
He also advised the irrigation authorities to carry out a study and develop feasibility report for a link canal or drainage system capable of protecting agriculture and inhabitants of the three districts of Kandhkot, Shikarpur and Larkana against the savages of floods and heavy rains.