Islamabad, January 29, 2013 (PPI-OT): President Asif Ali Zardari Tuesday reiterated that present government was according high priority to the development of infrastructure especially road transport sector and said that enhanced road network was the lifeline for economic prosperity of Pakistan.
The President urged for early completion of various road projects initiated in Sindh and further enhancing the road network throughout the country to attract investment and fully exploiting the geo strategic location of the country.
The President said this while chairing a high level meeting to review road projects in Sindh today at the Aiwan-e –Sadr that was attended by Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and participated among others bySyed Qaim Ali Shah, Chief Minister Sindh, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Minister for Finance, Arbab Alamgir Khan, Minister for Communications, Dr. Nadeem Ul Haq, Mr. M. Salman Faruqui, Secretary General to the President, Raja Muhammad Abbas, Chief Secretary Sindh, Ms. Nasreen Haque, Secretary to the President , provincial ministers, federal and provincial secretaries and other high officials of the relevant departments.
The President said that geo strategic location of Pakistan at the cross roads of Central and South Asia offers the country to serve a huge market of over 3 billion in our neighborhood and urged the need for building and further improving communication networks to attract investment and bolster business and trade activities in the country.
The President said that present government has paid special attention to improvement and development of road infrastructure in the country in general and in the province of Sindh, which he said was the most adversely hit area in the recent devastating floods, in particular.
The President said that the budgetary and financial constraints call for exploration of all possibilities of Public-Private Partnership in the infrastructural projects.
The President said that Government was encouraging infrastructure development projects through direct private investment, through the mechanism of Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) and through Public Private Partnership to reduce the burden on PSDP resources which could be diverted to other projects aimed at uplift of remote and underdeveloped areas of the country. He expressed the hope that with the success of M-9 project on BOT basis, NHA would be able to deliver other projects on BOT/Public Private Partnership basis.
Spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the meeting was informed that NHA has already completed four out of thirteen road projects in Sindh, which include Larkana – Naudero – Lakhi (61 km), Sakrand -Benazirabad (20 km), Ratodero -Naudero (14.7 km) and Larkana-Khairpur Bridge and other road network projects are also at advance stages of execution.
The President while appreciating the performance of NHA and provincial government urged for early completion of all the road projects in Sindh before the upcoming general elections which he said would usher in a new era of development by providing the people of the area an easy access to markets.
Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah briefed the meeting on the progress on various infrastructure projects in the Province and thanked the President and the federal government for its help and assistance in the rehabilitation of flood and rain affectees in Sindh and also its cooperation for development of infrastructure in the province.
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