Rs.80 Bln To Be Spent On Reconstruction Works In AJK: Sikandar
7 March 2006
Associated Press of Pakistan
Muzaffarabad: AJK Prime Minister Sardar Sikandar Hayyat Khan on Tuesday said that reconstruction phase would start in April saying around Rs 80 billion would be spent on reconstruction works in the quake-hit areas of AJK. He was speaking as chief guest at the concluding ceremony of a week-long cleanliness campaign successfully completed in the quake-hit city of Muzaffarabad today. Administrator Municipal Corporation Muzaffarabad (MCM), Zahid Amin Kashif presided over the function while Advisor to AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider and other civil and military officials and large number of citizen also attended the ceremony. Sardar Sikandar said that this was the transition to reconstruction and rehabilitation from the relief, urging the affectees living in the tented villages to return to their native places. He urged them to stand on their own feet and restart their lives with respect and dignity instead of depending on the others, adding that was of course the pride of alive nations. AJK Premier called upon the NGOs working for the cause of suffering humanity in the earthquake-hit areas to persuade the survivors to go back to their native places and provide them relief goods at their places instead of tentage villages. Some 1000 volunteers and other workers took part in the week-long campaign, as some 100 dump trucks, tractor trolleys, wheel-loaders and excavators cranes had been provided to carry out the cleanliness campaign. During the campaign some 25 wards and camps areas were cleaned, as the garbage and solid waste was removed from the city areas. The AJK Premier said the second installment of compensation of Rs. 75,000 would be paid to those affectees who would return to their hometown by the start of April. He said the Government would provide transportation facilities to the affectees returning to their native villages and places. AJK Premier thanked the Federal Government of Pakistan, world community and the International NGOs for extending generous help, financial and humanitarian support to the quake-ravaged people in the very difficult time. He appealed to the people to make sure cleanliness in their particular areas and make habit to keep their surroundings tidy and clean. On the occasion, the AJK Premier announced Rs.300,000 for the employees of Municipal Corporation Muzaffarabad and also distributed certificates and prizes among those officials and members of the active NGOs, who extended good humanitarians services in removing debris and cleaning the quake-hit city.