KARACHI - Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has said that roads play vital role in communication network, which is essential for progress, development and prosperity of the country and added that present government paying full attention towards communication sector. This he observed while presiding over a high level meeting regarding Hyderabad-Mirpurkhas dual carriageway held at CM House here on Wednesday. Qaim Ali Shah said that communication network particularly the roads were in deteriorated condition and it is necessary to improve, renovate and reconstruct those roads, thereby to provide communication facility to people and improve economy of the province at large. He said that Hyderabad-Mirpurkhas road will not only connect two important divisions of the province but also become the gateway for Thar Coal field. The meeting prior to approval regarding concession agreement was presented a comprehensive briefing by Sindh Finance Secretary Fazalullah Pechuho and Special Secretary Finance Ms. Naheed Shah Durrani. It was informed that the 4 Lane divided dual carriageway of 62 km with design life of 20 years will be constructed for which two lane highway passing through Tando Allahyar town and improvement of existing 2 Lane Tando Allahyar By-Pass will be undertaken. Besides, existing bridges at 8 locations and 62 existing culverts will be reconstructed, under a BOT arrangement. It was further informed that the total cost of project will be Rs5793 million, (Rs5.79 billion) and after construction the company will operate and maintain for 30 years and will return the facility to Sindh government on completion of concession. The meeting was informed that Pedestrian Crossing Bridge at 3 locations, for Sindh Agriculture University Tando Jam, Toll gates with toll control building (Plaza), two Medical Aid Posts with a set of ambulances priority to carry injured to nearby hospitals and two traffic aid posts will be the project components. The meeting was decided to provide concession in toll plaza to students & teachers of Sindh Agriculture University and other nearer residents. After briefing, Chief Minister Sindh gave approval of Concession Agreement and hoped that project will be completed before scheduled time. The meeting was attended among others by Sindh Minister for Fisheries Zahid Bhurgari, Advisor to CM on investments Zubair Motiwala, Chief Secretary Sindh Fazal ur Rehman, ACS (Development) Munawar Opel, Provincial Secretaries of Finance, Law and Works and Services Departments, Principal Secretary to CM Syed Sohail Akbar Shah and others.