KARACHI - The lawmakers of Sindh on Monday raised questions about the condition and quality of materials used in the construction of roads. During question-hour session of Sindh Assembly, the MPAs in their supplementary questions said that the conditions of the majority of roads are in deterioration due to use of substandard construction materials. Chairman Public Accounts Committee Jam Tamachi Unar said that tractors without blade cover wheels are destroying roads, besides use of substandard construction material. He demanded that on the pattern of Punjab, Sindh government should impose ban on plying of tractors with blades on roads. He also said that awarding of contract to construct roads was also not transparent as contractors are being chosen on 'Sifarish. Sindh Minister for Works and Services Department Manzoor Hussain Wassan agreed with the points raised by PAC chairman, admitting that the practice of picking of contractors on 'Sifarish to allot them contract for construction was still continue in this government. He said that government has taken action against the number of contractors and officials concerned found involve in the malpractice and use of substandard material in the construction of roads in Sindh. To a question put by NPPs Arif Mustafa Jatoi regarding the roads which do not falls in the category of international standard, Minister said that it is a fact that the international standard are not fully adhered in respect of asphalt roads in Sindh due to resource constraints. Describing the difference in local and international standards, Provincial Minister said that the cost of international standard road almost stands double in comparison of local road as one kilometer road of international standard having width of 18 feet costs over Rs20 million, however same roads at local standard costs only Rs9 million. He further said that in major provincial highways of Sindh, surfacing (single asphalt layer) having thickness of 50mm is provided as per international standard however, internationally, two layers of asphalt concrete one binder coat and the other of wearing coat are provided on asphalt roads. The government has started number of roads sector projects including Thatta-Sijawal road, Nawabshah-Ranipur road and Hyderabad-Mirpurkhas double carriageway road with the financial assistance of international donors, and these all roads are fall under the category of international standards, he said. To another query, Minister said that government has started the number of roads of Sindh into motorway, adding that Karachi-Hyderabad and Gwadar-Ratodero roads are pattern of motorway standard. Meanwhile, Marvi Rashdi and other lawmakers from opposition benches raised their objections over the collection of toll tax for passing transports at Hyderabad-Mirpurkhas carriageway before its completion. Replying to a question, Minister said that expansion and dualisation of Hyderabad-Mirpurkhas road has been awarded to Demokjae, a Korean construction company. Under the terms and condition, the foreign company will construct the road with 30 per cent investment of the total project cost within 30 months, however, 40 per cent cost investment has been taken as loans from the commercial banks and 30 per cent shared by Sindh, he said, adding that the foreign company will handover the road to Sindh government after 30 years after getting recovery of investment cost through collection of toll tax.