HYDERABAD - Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah Tuesday performed groundbreaking of dual carriage project of indus highway from Jamshoro to Sehwan.

The project would be completed in two phases first from Jamshoro to Manjhand and second from Manjhad to Sehwan, the Chief Minister informed and added that tenders have also been invited for second phase of the project and the work would be started after completion of required formalities in January 2018.

Addressing the ground breaking ceremony arranged near Cadet College Petaro which converted into a public meeting, the Chief Minister informed that single carriage indus highway from Jamshoro to Sehwan was inaugurated by the former Prime Minister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto some 20 years back, however due to increase in traffic, the construction of dual carriage become essential to avert losses of precious lives as a result of accidents.

The project would facilitate not only the residents of Jamshoro district but it would benefit entire country, he said and added that he was interested in the project since he assumed the office of the chief executive of the province.

The chief minister said that dream come true as a result of the dynamic leadership of the Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari. The incumbent Sindh government was taking keen interest to develop the arid zone areas of Jamshoro by launching various development schemes including solar energy water supply schemes.

Referring various development schemes being carried out in Jamshoro district, the Chief Minister said that railway overhead bridge at Jamshoro railway crossing is under construction and completion of the project would resolve the issue of traffic jam in the area.

The government would complete more bridges and underpasses on priority basis wherever it found essential, he said and added that the completion of all development projects would improve the living standard of the people of the province. The Sindh CM claimed that PPP would register its victory with thumping majority in the general elections as it has deep roots among the masses because of the development work and job opportunities to the people of the province. Among others, MNA Malik Asad Sikandar and Special Assistant to Sindh Chief Minister Dr Sikandar Shoro also addressed the participants of the ceremony.

CM seeks experts’ opinion on clean drinking water

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has sought suggestions from researchers of higher learning institutions to ensure the availability of safe and clean drinking water in all districts of the province.

This was informed by the Vice Chancellor Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Prof Dr Muhammad Aslam Uqaili while addressing the inaugural session of two-day conference on water and power organised by the Distinguished Innovations, Collaborations and Entrepreneurship (DICE) at Mehran University Jamshoro on Tuesday. The VC informed that Syed Murad Ali Shah- who is also the engineer by profession- had initiated the step on the directives of the Supreme Court to set up models for provision of safe and clean drinking water to the people of Sindh. The CM is keen to resolve the issue with assistance, suggestions and recommendations of the academia, he added.

He informed that Mehran University had taken various steps to find out ways and means to resolve the issues of water and energy crisis being faced by the country. The responsibilities of the higher learning institutions are to create awareness among the masses and find out the solution of the issues for the betterment of the country, he said and added that Mehran University is striving in the same direction.

He said that it was the contribution of Mehran University in water and energy research that a high level water research institute has been set up in the university under USAID programme. The standard of this research centre can be gauged with the fact that out of 35 students of the first batch, 22 have succeeded in acquiring jobs in the relevant departments before the announcement of the result, he informed.

He hoped that the conference which initiated by the DICE would help in resolving the issues of water and energy crisis of the country.

The Chief Executive Officer Hyderabad Electric Supply Company Reham Ali Otho in his address informed that HESCO was responsible to supply electricity to customers of 13 districts of the Lower Sindh and making all out efforts to ensure uninterrupted power supply to consumers.

He said that utilisation of water and energy according to needs is the only solution to overcome the issues of water and energy crisis of the country. He appealed to power consumers to avoid power theft and pay their electricity bills regularly so that Hesco could be able to continue its power supply operation accordingly.

The Chief Operating Officer Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company Syed Abul Fazal Rizvi said that Thar Coal Project would start generating electricity in the system by December 2018. He informed that 38 passed graduates of Mehran University have been engaged in the said project which also bringing rapid development in Tharparkar including over 40 percent jobs to local Thari youth and construction of an airport at Islam Kot. The chairman DICE Foundation Khursheed Ahmed Qureshi highly eulogised the contribution of Mehran University for its research work in water and power sectors adding that organising the DICE Conference 2017 was one of the major tasks which were successfully met by the university management.

The Director ORIC Mehran University Dr Inamullah Bhatti who is also the Chief Organiser of the DICE Conference informed that organisers of the conference have received 70 project papers for DICE Conference 2017 of which 46 have been approved which included 36 in energy sector and 10 in water sector.

These papers would be presented in the technical session of the conference, he informed.

The researchers and experts from various higher learning institutions as well as industrial companies are taking part in this two days long conference by establishing projects in water and power sectors.