PESHAWAR - KPK Senior Minister for Planning and Development, Rahimdad Khan has lauded the role of engineer community in restoring the infrastructure in the province during natural disasters.

 He has expressed the confidence that the engineers of the country would endeavor to further enhance their capabilities in all spheres of development so that the dream of a developed and prosperous nation could be realised in real. He was addressing as chief guest at concluding ceremony of training workshop for capacity building of the officers and officials of nation building departments. It was organised by Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) and Provincial Communication and Works (C&W) Department at local hotel in Peshawar. Besides others Engr Syed Abdulqadir Shah, Chairman PEC and Engr Zahid Arif, Secretary C&W and Vice-chairman PEC, also addressed the workshop and highlighted importance of the continuing training program for engineers. Rahimdad paid rich tributes to nation building departments of the province especially engineers of C&W Dept for immediately restoring the destroyed infrastructure in devastating floods of 2010 and incidents of terrorism as well as eulogized viable role of Engr Zaid Arif in this regard.

He contended that engineers of C&W, PHE and Irrigation departments always performed efficiently to deliver to the masses.  

The senior minister while highlighting development steps of his government said that special focus was given to reduce the impacts of continuous terrorism and flash floods of the past and hence lion’s share of resources was spent on it. However he said that drastic steps were being taken for future developmental needs besides other sectors of public interest that also included enhancing exploration of the hydel power, oil and gas resources. He said considerable progress has been made in this respect as continues increase was observed in the income of oil and gas. Similarly a number of mega hyble power projects were launched in the province. He said that 2100 MW would be added to the power supply sector after completion of these projects that would not only resolve the loadshedding problem but income resources of the province would also be increased. Similarly, it would also revive the industrial and commercial activities in the province, he added.

Rahimdad Khan said that size of the ADP has been increased many times for over all development. He said that capacity building of the nation building departments was need of the hour due to such developments, which was focused from the very beginning. He hoped that all the departments would continue with serving the masses devotedly in future as well and would utilize their experience and capabilities in this regards.