ADB to spend Rs 10.5bn on AJK rebuilding
14 October 2006
The News International
Islamabad: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will spend Rs 10.5 billion on various reconstruction projects in the quake-hit districts of Azad Kashmir. The announcement was made at a meeting of a steering committee here on Saturday with Additional Chief Secretary Development Muhammad Yousaf in the chair. The meeting reviewed Rs 1,703.745 million projects, besides approving Rs 1,174.941 million development projects which would be executed in AJK quake-affected areas. A consultancy project for the Master Plan for the Muzaffarabad city was also approved. Officials of the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (Erra), the State Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Agency (Serra), Secretary Works Syed Mohib Ali Naqvi, Director General Serra Sardar Muhammad Siddique Khan and Project Manager District Reconstruction Unit Chaudhry Liaqat Ali also attended the meeting. The meeting was told that a project of $175 million was also under process and would be lunched soon in quake-ravaged districts of Azad Kashmir. Under the project, the reconstruction of middle schools would be carried out shortly. An amount of Rs 495.724 million was also earmarked for consultancy services. The committee accorded approval to five electricity department projects worth Rs 612.338 million in quake- stricken areas of AJK. IT also approved the assessment and rehabilitation of electricity assets, besides the changing of affected or out-of-order transformers and electricity meters. A sum of Rs 3.214 million was approved for the capacity enhancement of officers of the district reconstruction and rehabilitation units and other officers concerned. A project of Rs 409.260 million for the removal of debris from Muzaffarabad was also approved in the meeting.