Over 4,100 kms roads damaged to cost Rs13.42bn in Sindh

Provincial Minister for Works and Service Manzoor Wassan has said the re-construction of the flood damaged roads in the province would cost Rs. 13.42 billion.

He said during a media briefing after a visit to a relief camp in Qasimabad here on Friday that 3,026 kilometers of road in the jurisdiction of the district governments and 1,161 kilometers in provincial control had been destroyed by the ravaging floods.

Although he maintained that the reconstruction of those roads would take a long time but emphasized upon their early rebuilding to ensure that all parts of the province were accessible via road communication.

Many remote district, talukas and villages have been altogether cut from other parts of the province, he stated.

The minister said the floods had destructed infrastructure of the province and that the reconstruction work would be included as a part of the greater rehabilitation drive of the flood-affected IDPs.

Replying to a question about lack of transportation facility for brining the affected people from interior Sindh to the cities, Wassan said the government had been trying to shift as many people as possible from there.

He informed that the IDPs who get registered with NADRA would be provided compensation for loss of their property and assets.

Wassan was of the view that about 9.5 lac cusecs water could pass through Kotri barrage and expressed satisfaction over the safety mechanisms that had been put in place by the irrigation authorities.

However, to a question about the belated start of reinforcement work on the protective embankments of Qasimabad the minister responded that the situation until a couple of days back was uncertain as to how much floodwater would come to Kotri Barrage besides other speculations which stated that the dispersal of water in upper areas of Sindh could reduce the flood level at Kotri.

To another question about the breach of the Torri bund, he said if required an investigation would be conducted to ascertain the reasons for the breach.