Bridge construction important to connect Ghotki-Kandhkot: CM Murad

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Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the construction of a bridge on River Indus to connect Ghotki and Kandhkot was most important to cater the growing traffic to and from Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan.
He said this while presiding over a meeting on the proposed bridge here at the Chief Minister House, said a statement on Wednesday.
The meeting was attended by Sindh Minister for Mines and Minerals Shabir Bijarani, Minister for Excise and Taxation Mukesh Kumar Chawla, Minister for Works and Services Syed Nasir Shah, Secretary Irrigation Jamal Shah, Secretary Works Raheem Shaikh, elected representatives from Ghotki, Kashmore and Kandhkot districts and officers concerned.
The chief minister was told that the bridge’s location has been chosen between Ghotki and Kandhkot, which will have two-lane including 12.5 kilometers road on Ghotki side and two-lane 15.2 kilometers road on Kandhkot side.
It will have a 4.5 kilometers link-road to connect to Thul road and a flyover will be constructed on N-55.The project will be constructed on Public Private-Partnership (PPP) mode.
The Irrigation department’s officials told the chief minister that riverine area survey and physical hydraulic model at Nadipur was also witnessed by the officials of Irrigation department, Works department, PPP Unit, technical adviser and designers.
The CM Sindh was told that during model study, accumulation of water was observed near Ghotki side.The issue was discussed with the officials of Nadipur and the Irrigation department and it was partly agreed by all the stakeholders to shift the bridge by two kilometers towards Ghotki on the same axes. However, no location was selected and the alignment has been proposed 14 kilometers upstream of Qadirpur.
The CM Sindh said that he has been discussing the project from last two years but the issue of its alignment has always been a bone of contention among the stakeholders like Irrigation department, Works & Services Department.—APP

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