PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has put in place all the necessary arrangements for the ground breakings of new developmental schemes and inauguration of completed schemes worth billions of rupees in the merged tribal districts in a bid to develop the backward areas of the merged districts with the aim to ensure better service delivery to its people and to provide them quick relief.

The developmental schemes to be launched/inaugurated include education, health, road infrastructure, power supply, clean drinking water, irrigation/agriculture, sports and tourism, related schemes coupled with a number of quick impact-projects. Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chief Minister Mehmood Khan and provincial ministers will inaugurate the schemes in near future, says an official statement.

This was revealed is a meeting in Peshawar on Monday with Additional Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shahzad Bangash in the chair. The meeting discussed in detail matters related to the ground breaking/inaugurations of every individual scheme, and finalised date and venue for the purpose. As per the decision taken in the meeting ground breaking/inaugurations of almost all of the schemes will be held during this month (April 2019).

Beside others, the meeting was attended by the Administrative Secretaries and other high-ups of the concerned departments and representatives of donor agencies.

The developmental schemes to be inaugurated in the merged districts have been categorised in two categories i.e. donors assisted schemes and annual developmental projects. Important donors-assisted schemes include 7.78km Jamrud Bypass Road (Rs966 million), 24km Murghan-Nika Ziarat Road (523.160 m), 30km Asil Targhow Road (559.22M), rehabilitation of 25km Bara to Mastak Road, improvement of 18km Ghiljo-Dabori Road, Khar Grid Station, 33km transmission line from Timergara to Khar, upgradation of 66kv Jandola Grid Station to 132kv,11kv Makeen Feeder, construction of drinking water supply and solarisation of irrigation tube wells in Bajaur, Khyber, Muhammad and FRs, construction of 11 schools in Orakzai(250m), construction of 20 schools in FR Peshawar and Kohat, construction of 22 schools in Kurram, irrigation schemes in Bajaur, Khyber and Mohmand (113.02m), construction of two health facilities in Kurram (13.47m) rehabilitation of 91 schools in Kurram and South Waziristan, 50 community physical infrastructure in North Waziristan, rehabilitation of degraded 1,900 across agriculture land in Kurram, Orakzai and South Waziristan, 21 fruit plants nurseries in Khyber, Kurram, Orakzai South and North Waziristan, establishment of poultry enterprises in Khyber, Orakzai, South and North Waziristan, establishment of 100 milk sale points in Khyber, Orakzai, South and North Waziristan, establishment of 150 community physical infrastructures in Kurram, Orakzai, Khyber and South and North Waziristan, cash for work schemes for 166,884 individuals in Kurram, Orakzai, South and North Waziristan and Food for Work schemes for 432,420 individuals in Kurram, Orakzai, South and North Waziristan.

Important schemes of Annual Development Programme include upgradation of seven primary, three middle and one high schools in Bajaur. Regularisation of 17 community schools in Khyber, establishment of five middle schools in Khyber, polytechnic institute in Orakzai, upgradation of 19 primary schools to middle schools, two middle schools to high schools and one high school to higher secondary schools in North Waziristan, scholarship for students of the merged areas, Tele Medicines Service and provisions of essential emergency medicines (779.052m), removal of deficiencies in seven DHQ and four THQ Hospitals (265m), Extension of health IMU to merged districts, construction and upgradation of one sports grounds per sub-division lend in 25 sub-divisions, provision of municipal services, Solarisation of 300 mosques. Solarisation of existing AHQ/THQ hospitals, construction and rehabilitation of levy posts and lockups in all merged districts, construction of tourist resorts at Gomal Zam dam, establishment of technical institute of Wana, and establishment of Government Girls Degree College Bara etc.

Schemes like Sehat Insaf Card and extension of education IMU etc have already been lunched in the merged districts.

Addressing the participants of the meeting, Shahzad Bangash said that fast-track development of the tribal districts was among the top of both the Federal and Provincial governments, and as such all the departments  of the province and other stake holders  should concentrate on the implementation of the government agenda.

“There will be no shortage of funding for the developmental schemes of the merged districts”, the ACS assured and directed the concerned quarter to take all necessary steps to ensure the timely completion of developmental schemes in the merged districts.

He further directed the quarters concerned that the ground breaking/inaugurations events of all the schemes be held in proper and befitting manner so that the people of the area know what the government is doing for their well-being and prosperity.

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