ISLAMABAD - Slow pace of work and escalating cost of six health related projects prompted Chief Commissioner Islamabad to head an emergency meeting on Friday and direct the concerned authorities to speed up the work.

According to details, Chief Commissioner Islamabad, Jawad Pall, Friday reviewed the progress of ongoing six health related projects of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration being executed in the rural areas by the Project Engineers of Pak PWD, to further improve and upgrade the services of health facilities.

The meeting was also attended by Deputy Commissioner Amer Ali Ahmed, project engineers of Pak PWD, DHO, ICT and other officials of ICT administration.

While, reviewing the progress of projects, the chief commissioner directed the concerned project engineers of Pak PWD to expedite the work on these projects and furnish work plan for their speedy completion without further delay. The participants reviewed the progress of work on the uplift, rehabilitation and renovation of two rural health centres, one each in Sihala and Tarlai.

It was informed that 36 per cent work has been completed on the project. The chief commissioner directed the project engineers of Pak PWD to prepare the work plan and give timeline of completion of remaining work in the next week. The government has allocated Rs 30.156 million during the current fiscal year PSDP 2013-2014, for this project. Total cost of the project is Rs 56.804 million.

The participants also reviewed the progress of work on construction of staff accommodation for the rural health centre, Bhara Kau. It was informed that 85 per cent work has been completed on the project.   

The chief commissioner directed the project engineers of Pak PWD to expedite the work and submit work plan for completion of remaining work including provision of drinking water, natural gas and electricity facilities by the next week.

The participants also reviewed the progress of work on the uplift, rehabilitation and renovation of 14 basic health units in the rural areas of Islamabad. It was informed that 75 per cent work has been completed on the project.

The chief commissioner asked DHO, concerned assistant commissioner and Pak PWD engineers to visit the site and submit report about the remaining work on the project next week.