Reconstruction of infrastructure top priority

PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti has said that rehabilitation and settlement of flood victims and reconstruction of damaged infrastructure are top priorities of his government. The untried efforts of officers and officials of Frontier Highway Authority (FHA) and C&W in rehabilitation of flood damaged infrastructure and clearance of land routes are highly commendable. This he said while chairing 8th annual meeting of Frontier Highway Council (FHC) here Thursday.

Finance Minister Muhammad Humayun Khan, Minister for Environment Wajid Ali Khan, high authorities of FHA and other concerned officials attended the meeting. The 14-point agenda remained under discussion during the meeting and important decisions were taken. Managing Director FHA Engineer Zahid Arif apprised the participants of the meeting of implementation of decision taken during 7th meeting of FHC, developmental schemes under FHA for current year, proposed maintenance plan, establishment of legal cell in FHA, performance of FHA, previous year achievements and early recovery of flood affected bridges and roads.

The meeting was informed that FHA has not only achieved its goals regarding developmental scheme but has also completed two additional schemes. He said FHA would pay salaries of all its staff from its own resources this year which would lessen burden on the provincial government resources on permanent basis. Meanwhile, the chief Amir Haider Khan Hoti on Thursday directed for finding a suitable location for reconstruction of Madyan grid station which was badly affected by floods. He issued these directives during a meeting with PESCO authorities on Thursday.

The meeting discussed various issues including damaged transmission lines, low voltage and early restoration of flood devastated WAPDA installations in Swat district. PESCO Chief Engineer Abdul Latif and other authorities, provincial ministers from Swat Ayub Ashari and Wajid Ali Khan besides lawmakers attended the meeting. The meeting was informed that 26/20KVA transformer had been installed for capacity building in Khwazakhela while 132KV grid station had been restored in Mingora and Khwazakhela areas – APP