Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Rs14 billion needed to strengthen embankments: Qaim

LARKANA: A total amount of Rs14 billion is required for the strengthening of embankments in the province, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah said. He added that Rs2.5 billion has been spent by the Sindh government for the strengthening of these protective embankments so far.

Qaim Ali Shah was visiting the Akil-Aghani Embankment on Thursday evening along with provincial ministers Muhammad Ayaz Soomro and Agha Siraj Khan Durrani. On the occasion, the chief minister said that all out efforts were being made to strengthen the Akil-Aghani Loop Embankment and others in the province, and the endeavour was to complete the work before June 2011.

Qaim said the Sindh government was trying to get 400 million dollars as loan on easy installments from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) which will be returned in 33 years. This loan will be spent on rehabilitation of roads, water supply, drainage, education and health sectors.

The development schemes in education and health sectors will also be completed. The chief engineer, Irrigation, Right Bank, Sukkur Barrage, briefed the chief minister on the strengthening work at Akil-Aghani Bund. Qaim directed the police officers to ensure security in the area.

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