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The Senate Standing Committee on Planning and Development met at the Parliament House
Published Date :
Jun 15,2017

The Senate Standing Committee on Planning and Development met at the Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Senator Col ® Tahir Hussain Mashhaddi to discuss the steps taken by the authorities concerned to improve conditions of Right Bank outfall Drain (RBOD) and Left Bank Outfall Drain (LBOD) besides reviewing the current status of greater Karachi Water Supply Scheme (K-IV & K-III). 

It was informed that the project of RBOD has three components.  The RBOD-I & RBOD-III were being executed by WAPDA whereas the RBOD-II was being executed by Irrigation Department, Government of Sindh.  Secretary Irrigation Department Sindh informed the original cost of RBOD-II was Rs. 14 billion.  However, the cost of the project has escalated to Rs. 62 billion.  He informed the Committee about the hurdles being faced in the implementation of the project.   Chairman and members of the Committee were of the view that the project is highly important for Sindh as the effluents were polluting Manchar Lake and posing environmental threats to the adjoining areas.  The Committee called for early resolution of the issues and called upon the Federal as well as provincial authorities to work in close collaboration and take practical steps for completing the project. 

Secretary Ministry of Planning & Development informed that provincial departments have been taken on board and efforts are underway to resolve the issues related to funding.  He assured the Committee that a way forward would be worked out to amicably resolve the matters related to funding while working closely with the provincial government of Sindh. 

GM – WAPDA gave a detailed overview of the RBOD-II and RBOD-III.  Regarding LBOD, Secretary Irrigation informed that project was originally constructed by WAPDA on the left Bank of river Indus in between Rohri Canal and Nara Canal to relieve water logging and salinity.  It was informed that the LBOD system was damaged by floods and many breaches were sustained by the system.  He said that due to failure of Cholri weir and Tidel Link Canal, fresh water lakes have become saline and people of the area have been displaced.  Secretary Irrigation also informed the Committee about the rehabilitation work and restoration of old dhoras to drain out flood water. 

The meeting was attended by Senators Saeed ul Hassan Mandokhel, Agha Shahbaz Khan Durrani, Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari, Shery Rehman and Karim Ahmad Khawaja besides Secretary Ministry of Planning and senior officers of the provincial government.

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