Murad reviews 223 schemes of PHE dept

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said directed Public Health Engineering department to complete its water supply and drainage schemes by the end of current financial year. “If these drainage schemes are completed in time the drainage problems of most of the villages an cities would be solved.”

This he said while presiding over a meeting here at CM House today to review the progress of PHE department schemes. The meeting was attended by Minister PHE Fayaz Butt, Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput, Secretary PHE department Tamizuddin and Chief Engineer Nafees Shaikh and others.

The meeting was told that the PHE department has launched 223 schemes, of them 187 are on-going and 36 are new. Out of 187 on-going schemes 117 are of drainage and 70 of water supply. The 185 on-going schemes would over Rs4.7 billion and the government released Rs1.5 billion.

The chief minister said that he had given them a target of 95 schemes, including 36 of water supply and 59 of drainage to complete them by June 2018 and “I want their completion in time,” he said clearly and asked the secretary to keep him posting progress report.

The PHE has also approved Rs724.540 million 34 new schemes, including 15 of water supply and 19 of drainage.

The chief minister specially discussed the drainage schemes of Larkana. In Larkana city, in the area of UC-13,14,15,16,17 and 19 of Larkan city drainage system is being constructed for Rs30 million against which Rs22.5 million have been released. The chief minister directed the secretary to expedite completion of these schemes because majority of the funds have been released.

The PHE department has also launched a Rs40 million scheme of construction of CC drains and CC blocks at 20 villages of various UCs. In this scheme Rs16.5 million have been released and work is in progress. Similarly, construction of CC blocks and CC drains, Open drains in UC1 and UC-2 taluka Ratodero launched for Rs81.2 million. The government has released Rs19.2 million for this scheme. The chief minister said that he would release additional funds if the scheme is completed in time.

The chief minister said that there are drainage schemes of Shikarpur city. The drainage water is flowing onto the streets, therefore the on-going work of construction of surface drains & CC blocks of 14 different localities of Shikarpur has been launched for Rs35.716 million against which Rs6.969 million should be completed at the earliest.

He also reviewed Rs505.73o million rehabilitation & improvement of sewerage/drainage system of Shikarpur. Murad Ali Shah said that he had already released 50 percent of funds, Rs254.760 million, therefore pace and quality of work must be maintained.

The schemes which were reviewed by the chief minister include of Kamber, Tando Allahyar, Tharparkar, Shaheed Benazirabad, Naushehroferoze, Dadu, Kashmore, Sukur and Khairpur.