MUZAFFARABAD - The government of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) has demanded Rs40 billion for completion of the earthquake reconstruction projects. “We need Rs40 billion to complete the ongoing and designed reconstruction projects in all quake stricken areas of Kashmir,” Sardar Zaffar Khan, Director General State Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Agency (SERRA) told media here on Wednesday.

He said that the agency has been facing financial crunch since 2010, which caused delay in completion of the ongoing projects.

He said that more than five thousand projects have been completed while 1600 are under-construction process and work could not be started on 900 projects owing to shortage of funds.

He added that SERRA was provided only one billion rupees against the demand of Rs10 billion for ongoing financial year. However, he told 91 reconstruction projects have been completed during one year from October 8 last year to date.