KARACHI-The Sindh government has identified 16 projects ranging from education to tourism sector to initiate private partnership with the public, The Nation learnt on Friday. According to a senior official of Finance Department of Sindh, the provincial government has devised a detailed strategy to launch these mega projects in the province with the association of private sector. The provincial government has already established a Public Private Partnership (PPP) Unit in Finance Department which will provide an approach whereby business and government enter into mutually beneficial contractual agreements for the provision of public goods and services, concerned official said. According to concerned official, so far Sindh government has identified 16 projects to launch under public private partnership such as establishment of Cadet College at Naukot district Tharparkar, establishment of salwage Farms in Sindh, Provision of Chilling Tanks, development of livestock and dairy farms and establishment of Bhambhro dairy village and processing zone for animals in Thatta district. Meanwhile, a project has also been identified to promote private schools in rural and slum urban areas of Sindh through private sector cooperation. Besides, Sindh college of Art and Design at Sukkur, institute of management science at Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Abad (Nawabshah), engineering college at Larkana and Benazir Bhutto engineering college at Khairpur and Dadu districts will be also established through public private partnership. According to an official of Finance Department, Sindh government has already invited the Expression of Interest for designing, construction, management, marketing and recreation of resort at Keenjhar Lake at Thatta. The Keenjhar Lake is the only tourist spot near to Karachi and attracts the tourists from the metropolis as well as from other provinces of the country. He said that the provincial government also wishes to promote its Wider Market Initiative (WMI) to encourage more intensive use of the province's inherent assets, particularly through development of new delivery mechanisms for goods and services. So far, Sindh government has started a project-"Dualisation of Hyderabad-Mirpurkhas Road" that costs around Rs10 billion as Pilot Project for Public-Private Partnership on Design, Built, Finance and Operate basis due to its being a highly bankable project, official said. The existing volume of traffic on this road is ideal and the future prospects of traffic flows are significantly high due to the Thar Coal Fields; proximity to Indian border; high agricultural productivity zone and the allied economic activities. The proposed road is one of the main arteries of Sindh, intersects two main cities Tandojam and Tando Allahyar, which were well known for their high agricultural productivity. It connects Hyderabad, the second largest city in the province with Mirpurkhas, which is also growing an urban centre, having very productive hinterland, rich in fruit orchards especially Mangoes, Bananas and other agricultural products, the official said. He further said the existing highway was one of the most strategic economic corridors of the province which on one hand; provides a strategic link way to the Indian state of Rajhistan and on the second, it is the main passageway to Thar Coal. This project would provide impetus to agriculture productivity by facilitating high-speed transportation facility to exportable agricultural concerns to various areas of the country and especially will be one of the future trade corridor for India as if the relationship between two countries comes to routine, he observed.