Unavailability of land delays new colleges’ construction: PA told

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Advisor to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister on Higher Education told KP Assembly on Friday that construction of new colleges in the province has been affected by unavailability of appropriate land and approval of new designs.
He was responding to a question of ANP Legislator, Jaffar Shah who inquired the government regarding construction of new colleges in the province. He questioned that how many colleges are completed during last two years and work on how many colleges is underway.
Responding the question Ghani said the government has completed 43 colleges in last four years. He said two factors have delayed the construction of new colleges in KP including unavailability of suitable land besides process of approving new design that was prepared to reduce expenditures and cost of the construction.
He said that previously a college was completed with an amount of Rs 250 million but the new design would now reduce the cost of construction to Rs 150 million rupees. He claimed that KP government has also completed colleges that were left uncompleted by previous governments.
Ghani said that unavailability of appropriate land for colleges approved in previous Annual Development Program was affected the construction work.
He said often the available land was remote or its price did not match our criteria as project had to be completed in the approved amount of Rs150 million. He also said that colleges were approved on need basis and keeping in view the feeding education institutions in vicinity of the proposed project.
Sattar Khan of PML-N stressed that a comprehensive plan should be devised to avoid such impediments in future.
Later, Shakeel Ahmad of PTI, on a point or order highlighted irregularities in recruitment process of Malakand Levies. —APP

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