January 2007 News

AJK cabinet approves Rs 2.44b for development projects

5 January 2007
The Daily Times

Islamabad: 36 new schools and colleges to be constructed * Alternate sources of energy to be utilised MUZAFFARABAD: The cabinet developmental committee of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) approved development schemes on Friday worth Rs 2.44 billion relating to education, transport, communication, energy, information technology (IT), physical planning and housing, and forestry. A special meeting chaired by AJK Prime Minister Sardar Attiq Ahmad Khan was held for the decision. The committee has allocated approximately Rs 199.9 million for the carpeting of the 13 km Imdad Road of District Poonch and the 7 km Dhair Kot-Neela Batt Road. A roller compacted concrete (RCC) bridge will also be built at Gulyal Nala of District Bhamber. Another Rs 113 million have been allocated for the construction of two mega power stations in the area of Shadrah. The committee has also approved Rs 328 million for three physical planning and housing schemes and Rs 179 million for two information technology projects. Three forestry projects worth Rs 489 million have also been approved to halt the smuggling of timber by establishing 73 check-posts. About Rs 144 million have been allocated for seven education schemes under which 6 schools in District Bhamber, 5 schools in District Mirpur and Sadhnoti, and 13 schools in Kotli will be constructed. A further 9 colleges in Kotli and 3 colleges each in Bhamber and Sadhnoti will also be constructed. The AJK PM addressed the committee to build roads in the residential areas and to construct a bypass for the congested ones. He advised departments to properly plan for the development of residential areas as well as for the provision of food for officers in the remote areas. All possible sources of energy like solar and wind power will be utilised to meet the energy needs of the area. Negligence will not be tolerated in completion of the projects and increments and prizes will be given to honest officers, he said. He added that IT education and new technologies would be made widely available in urban and rural areas. online


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