NOORPUR THAL - Some of the development schemes could not be completed within the stipulated time due to paucity of funds and other contributory factors, sources told The Nation here the other day.

The mega project of Greater Thal Canal has been delayed due to paucity of funds, although phase one of the project has been completed but phase-II could not be completed still due to lack of funds from the Ministry of Water and Power.

The Nation also learnt that some politicians were also opposing the completion of the mega project.

Social workers Advocate Malik Tahir Mehmood, Advocate Raja Muhammad Ashraf, Haji Noor Gul and PML-N local leader Malik Aziz Hussain Jara expressed grave concern over the inordinate delay in the completion of the mega project, urging the government to remove all the hurdles in the way of timely completion of the project in the large interest of farmers of the Thal.

According to Farmers Welfare Association of the Tehsil, the mega project of GTC is very essential for the prosperity of these desert areas. PML-N MNA Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, MPA Malik Muhammad Waris Kallu, District President Dr Ghous Muhammad Khan Niazi and PML-N local leader Malik Muhammad Khalid Awan demanded the government to take strict action in this regard.