KARACHI President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday advised the federal and provincial governments to consider releasing adequate funds to most important and critical developmental projects for early completion, instead of spreading the resources too thin on a large number of projects without the prospect of early completion of any one of them. He asked the Sindh Finance and Planning Development ministers to hold meetings with officials of federal ministries of Finance and PD for identification of early gestation developmental projects benefiting the largest number of people. Once such projects have been identified, adequate funds may be released to them for their early completion in a given time frame. There is no wisdom in allocating small amounts to scores of projects and not being able to complete any one project well in time to reap its social and economic benefits. The President said this during briefings given to him at Bilawal House Karachi on the development projects in the province. The meeting was attended by Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Federal Communications Minister Arbab Alamgir, Special Assistant Water Kamal Majeedullah, relevant provincial ministers and senior federal and provincial government officials. According to presidential spokesperson Farhatullah Babar, separate briefing sessions were held on the federal government development projects in Sindh, the development projects under taken by the provincial government and on the roads and bridges projects of National Highway Authority (NHA). The President asked the planning and finance officials that the development strategy should be so designed that the needs of specific regions are met while reducing intra-provincial disparity. He also asked for innovative ways of resource mobilisation and financing of the projects. Public-private partnership and giving incentives of private entrepreneurs to build infrastructure communication projects on build operate and own basis can be an effective way of resource mobilisation and financing of the projects, he said. The President said that a national strategy had to be devised with the help of international community and the private sector to undertake the rehabilitation and reconstruction work such that we do not merely rebuild but 'rebuild better. The task is too big and challenging and cannot be undertaken successfully by the government alone bound by archaic rules and regulations. It calls for innovative strategies and innovative ways of financing, which should be devised with the help of international community and private entrepreneurs in addition to the Government, he said. Farhatullah Babar said that the President also directed that a separate meeting be convened to consider innovative approaches with the help of private sector both within the country and abroad. The NHA chairman informed the meeting that the Authority had completed the Damage Need Assessment (DNA) of its projects and forwarded it to the Asian Development Bank - the lead agency for communications and transport sector. Rehabilitation of the damaged infrastructure is estimated to cost over 17 billion rupees, he said. The President directed the NHA to complete on a war footing projects that are essential for the restoration of traffic and communication on all its roads and highways. The briefing was informed that in addition to the damage to NHA, projects in the province of over 1900 km of provincial roads, including 27 damaged bridges, the reconstruction of which will cost over 14 billion rupees. The teams of World Bank and Asian Development Bank visited the affected districts last week for damage need assessment (DNA), the meeting was informed. The restoration of breach in Dadu-Moro road has been completed while restoration work on other ten roads in the province was in progress and would be completed in time. The President advised the Government to seek Chinese assistance in new ways to prevent destruction of infrastructure like bundhs and dykes during floods. The President asked Special Assistant Kamal Majeedullah, who is proceeding to China as the head of delegation next week for this purpose, to submit his report on return and also share it with the provincial government.