Murad forms body to inspect, evaluate ongoing, completed road schemes

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Special Correspondent

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has formed a body to inspect, evaluate ongoing development projects and completed road schemes in order to ensure pace and quality of work in the province.
He also directed the provincial Planning and Development Department to start to inspect roads being constructed in the province through Annual Development Program (ADP), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Maintenance & Repair (M&R) and submit a report in this regard.
Syed Murad Ali Shah while chairing a meeting here at Chief Minister House on Thursday that was attended by Minister Works & Services Imdad Pitafi, Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput, Secretary Finance Hassan Naqvi, Secretary Work & Services Aijaz Memon, concerned chief engineers, and other officers.
Murad at the start of the meeting constituted a committee under Chairman P&D Mohammad Wassem with the task to review the status of each and every scheme, including the release of funds, utilization of funds, pace of work and quality of work.
“I want you to start inspection of the roads and buildings being constructed under a different program and submit a report in this regard,” he said. The members of the committee would be secretaries of all the departments and DG P&D. Provincial Works and Services department has launched 488 road sector schemes, of these which 396 are on-going and 92 new schemes.
The approved cost of the schemes is Rs25.772 billion against which the government has released Rs15.209 billion and the expenditures are Rs6.998 billion. By the end of the current financial year, 330 kilometers of roads would be completed.
There are eight on-going buildings schemes launched for Rs228 million against which Rs65.404 million have been released and the expenditures are Rs9.402 million. Provincial Minister for Works, Imdad Pitafi informed the meeting that about 41 road sector schemes would be completed by June 2018. Nine schemes were completed by October 2017.
They are widening of Hala-Shahdadpur-Sanghar road for Rs700.133 million, reconstruction of road from Yousif Dahri Mori regulator to Bandhi Manhoro road, Shaheed Benazirabad for Rs264.024 million, Improvement of Road from Matiari to Allah Dino Sand Road Rs338.773, improvement of road from Ruk to Lakhi of Rs80.97 million, reconditioning of Road from Paljiani Station to Tando Jam via Shahpur for Rs198.671 million, road from Sakrand to Sarhani Rs459.148 million, road from Jhudo Nabisar for Rs115.332 million and construction of Overhead bridge on Railway Southern side of Railway Station Subzi Mandi, Shaheed Benazirabad for Rs252.893 million. Pitafi further said that about 13 road sector schemes would be completed by December 2017.

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