Committee to be formed by Center, Sindh for K-IV projects

KARACHI: To review the K-IV projects technical report prepared by the National Engineering Services Pakistan Ltd Company (NESPAK), the Sindh and Federal governments have decided to constitute a joint committee to carry forward the project.

The estimated cost of the project given by NESPAK is to be around Rs120 billion. However, due to the devaluation of the rupee against the US dollar, the cost could go up to Rs150 billion.

Five members each from the Sindh and federal governments will be a part of the technical committee and would be notified by the planning commission.

This decision was taken in a high-level meeting held and attended by Federal Minister for Planning and Development Khusro Bakhtiar, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Jahanzaib khan, Planning Secretary Zaffar Ahsan, and Member of the Planning Commission Maj. Gen (R) Zahir Shah at Chief Minister House.

The Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) delegation was led by Director General Major General Inam Haider, Brigadier Abdul Sami of 5 Corps, Brigadier Abeer and others.

Managing Director of the Water Board Asadullah Khan, K-IV Project Director Asad Zamin and Planning and Development officers concerned also attended the meeting.

Furthermore, officials announced that a proposal for the 50-MW power plant has also been put forward. The consultant has almost finalised the PC-I of the power project.

The CM also said that the K-I and K-II/III had designed the capacity of 480 MGD which has been reduced by 100 MGD due to silt and other technical issues. He proposed conducting a separate study to improve the capacity of K-I and K-II/III projects.

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