KARACHI - Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has said that government is striving to electrify maximum villages of Sindh with facility of Sui gas, so as to bring those villages on track of facilities for progress and development.

Presiding over a high level meeting regarding progress of Sui Gas and electricity schemes in the villages held at the Chief Minister House, he said that population residing in villages had been neglected as far as basic facilities were concerned but the present government of Peoples Party was determined to provide gas, electricity, roads, health and education and other facilities in those neglected areas.       

Additional Chief Secretary (P&D) gave detailed briefing regarding schemes of village electrification and provision of gas in Sindh villages.

According to progress from financial year 2007-08 to 2011-12, 4220 schemes of village electrification under the directives of Chief Minister were processed, out of which 3153 schemes of village electrification have been completed at the cost of Rs3.15 billion. The meeting was informed that the total cost of 4220 schemes estimated Rs4.5 billion. It was further informed that 257 schemes were technically not feasible while work on other schemes were going on.

Regarding provision of gas to villages it was informed that under the directives of CM Secretariat, 803 schemes of gas provision of villages were approved.

It was further informed that out of 803 villages, 338 schemes of village gasification has been completed and work was going on 95 schemes while work will be started on 370 villages for provision of gas facility.

According to break-up, during the year 2008-09, 136 schemes of village gasification were initiated for which Rs900 million were released whereas the Sui Southern gas company provided gas in 121 villages out of 136 villages at the cost of Rs836 million, and there are 11-ongoing schemes and work is further in progress on 15-schemes.

It was informed that in the year 2009-10, the CM Secretariat issued directives for gasification of 308 villages out of which work has been completed in 206 villages and work is going on in 12 villages whereas work will be started on remaining 90 schemes of village gasification, for which funds are available.

It was further informed that in the year 2010-11, only 11-villages were gasified and work is going on in 72-villages while work on 276 villages will be started soon.

The Sui Southern Gas Company managing director informed the meeting that total 1200 schemes of village gasification which, included 600 village schemes under Prime Ministers directives and 338 villages are being gasified under Chief Minister Funding. 

Qaim stressed upon the SSGC MD to complete the remaining wok of gasification early so that the people of those approved villages are provided gas facility.

The meeting was attended by Additional Chief Secretary (P&D) Israr Malik, Secretary Power Rabia Javery Agha, Principal Secretary to CM Agha Jan Akhtar, MD Sui Gas, Chief Executive officer SEPCO, Special Secretary to CM Hafeezullah Abbasi, Special Secretary (P&D) Dr Noor, Deputy Commissioner Khairpur Abbas Baloch and others.