KARACHI - The current PML-N government is determined to provide all basic amenities to the people of Sindh in order to help improve their standard of living and remove a sense of deprivation from their lives.

This was stated by Sindh Governor Mohammad Zubair during his keynote address at the ground breaking ceremony for the supply of natural gas to more than 100 villages of Thatta and Sajawal. 

In accordance with the directives of the prime minister, the federal government and SSGC are taking the lead in the distribution of gas to scores of villages spread over a network of 400 kms.  The projects are being constructed at a cost of Rs 1.5billion, out of which Rs 1 billion is being financed by the government and the rest by SSGC. The projects to the villages from where MPA Syed Aijaz Ali Shah Shirazi and MNA and Minister of State for National Food Security and Research Syed Ayaz Ali Shah Shirazi belong, are being jointly financed by the Government of Pakistan and SSGC.

The governor unveiled the plaques to perform the ground breaking of the gas distribution projects in three different locations of Thatta and Sajawal.  He lauded the services of the Shirazi family for the people of Thatta, Sajawal and adjoining towns and villages and said that the massive scheme of providing gas to 100 villages is an example of this commitment.  

The governor also appreciated the efforts of SSGC management to ensure interrupted gas supply to every nook and corner of its franchise areas.

The governor was accompanied by MPA Syed Aijaz Ali Shah, MNA Syed Ayaz Ali Shah, Nazim Thatta Syed Shafqat Shah Shirazi and SSGC management including Saeed Larik, ASGM (Distribution-North), Abdul Waheed Jumani, GM (Distribution-Lower Sindh), Abdul Rasheed Leghari, Regional Manager (Hyderabad) and public representatives and elders of Thatta and Sajawal.

In their addresses, MPA Syed Aijaz Ali Shah and MNA Syed Ayaz Ali Shah thanked the federal government and SSGC for providing a new lease of life for hundreds of thousands of villagers who will now be able to raise the standard of their living with the provision of natural gas. They said that the government did not believe in hollow rhetoric but practical steps to ensure provision of all basic amenities to the people including gas, water and electricity.  

While reiterating that their commitment to Thatta and Sajawal is unfaltering, they said that the people of the villages are very happy.

In his address, Saeed Larik, ASGM (Distribution-North) explained the salient features of the above mentioned distribution projects to the audience.  He said that already SSGC has started working on around 80 distribution schemes and has in fact completed survey of more than 85 villages for laying the pipelines.

Larik said that development of any area is interlinked with the provision of natural gas and SSGC has always ensured with the right blend of planning and implementation that all earmarked areas are provided with this resource in the quickest possible time.