ISLAMABAD - Deputy Chairman Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (ERRA) Lt Gen Sajjad Akram expressed satisfaction over the progress of work on the road sector of earthquake-hit areas in meeting o here on Monday. The deputy chairman was informed that the initial damage assessment revealed that out of 12,000km of total network, 6480 Km of roads had been damaged and Rs 27.988 million would be required to reconstruct these roads. Most of the reported damages required only minor maintenance and in order to reconstruct a lasting road infrastructure, the road sector strategy was revised in consultation with all the stakeholders to reconstruct only 2,393km of road with improved specification He was informed about the new strategy for reconstruction of important link roads and up-gradation of roads in order to provide better road infrastructure, which would provide unhindered services in case of any disaster in future. He was informed that out of a total of 233 projects, 23 road schemes have already been completed, while construction of 95 schemes is in progress. The remaining 115 schemes would start in December and all 233 projects would be completed in 2010. The deputy chairman was informed that the slow work on 50% of the projects was due to the fact that agreements with some of the donors like Islamic Development Bank (IDB) have not been finalized yet. Akram emphasized that as this is the most vital sector, more meaningful and productive efforts should be made to achieve the targets within the stipulated time frame. The meeting also discussed the ongoing developmental projects in the erthquake-areas of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and NWFP.   Deputy Chairman Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (ERRA) Lt Gen Sajjad Akram on the occasion directed the concerned departments to ensure early completion of the developmental projects and make no compromised on the quality of work.