ISLAMABAD - The Ministry of Communications is unlikely to get funds for the development projects, as the allocated money over Rs20 billion for the projects might not be provided till the end of current financial year. "The ministry will continue to face paucity of funds as all hopes for the funds are getting diminished," sources in the ministry told The Nation. The budget statistics shows that earlier the PSDP allocation was Rs44.63 billion for 2010-11 but later the 50 per cent cut was imposed on it. The ministry has received around Rs12 billion so far, which is insufficient to meet the required demands, the sources said. The sources claimed that around 40 per cent ongoing road projects had been shelved due to non-availability of funds and some other reasons, while completion dates of the projects had passed many years back. It may be mentioned here that that National Highway Authority (NHA) needs Rs22.4 billion only for reconstruction of the flood-affected roads and bridges. The recent flash floods have destroyed 973-km of roads and 46 bridges of National Highway network. When contacted, Minister for Communications Dr Arbab Alamgir said that many of projects had been shelved due to non-availability of funds. "The ministry is trying its level best to complete the projects within the stipulated time. I hope for early release of the funds," he said while admitting that the cost of many projects has increased.