KARACHI - The construction of at least three important roads of Sindh have been handed over to the National Highway Authority (NHA). Answering the queries of provincial lawmakers during the question hour session of Sindh Assembly on Saturday, Provincial Minister for Works and Services, Manzoor Hassan Wassan, pointed out that the construction of provincial roads by NHA was ignored during the previous regimes, but on special directives of President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari, construction of three roads have been handed over to NHA. Keeping the weak financial position of the province, the Ministry of Communication had notified the construction of three roads of Sindh along with complete transfer of Right of Way to NHA, which has been finalised this year, he maintained. Wassan informed the House that federal government will spent Rs17 billion on the construction of three important roads of the province including Gharo to Keti Bunder of 90 kilometres with Rs4 billion, Larkana to Lakhi Naudero-Gharhi Khuda Bux 105 kilometres with Rs2.5 billion and Hyderabad to Khokhrapar 222 kilometres with Rs11 billion. However, he hoped that NHA would complete the construction of three important roads within two to three years. Replying another question of Arif Mustafa Jatoi regarding completion period of new building of Sindh Assembly, Wassan said two committees; Construction Committee headed by Speaker Sindh Assembly and Technical Committee lead by Secretary of provincial assembly, have been formed to closely monitor the construction of the new building of assembly, while the project director was yet to be appointed. He further said that tender had been issued in newspapers for inviting companies to construct the new building, however, so far, three parties have showed interests with Rs850 million, Rs883 million and Rs1.8 billion. The committee after examining the interests showed by the parties will award the tender very soon. Meanwhile, MPAs from both sides of the divide demanded for the allocation of separate offices for all the MPAs in the new proposed building. Speaker Sindh Assembly Nisar Ahmed Khuhro ruled out any provision of separate offices for all the MPAs, but on the suggestion of a member of a lawmaker, he agreed to consider the provision for allocating offices to all the chairmen of Standing Committees of the assembly. Khuhro further said that the idea of constructing the new building was decade old, but it was remained at the backburner due to number of reasons. The design of new assembly building was approved even without getting approval of the project, the foundation stone was also put during the previous government, he said, adding that present committee of the members for bringing change, has modified the design of the building and capacity for 300 members is also enhanced. However, women legislators forgetting their affiliation with different political parties stood unanimous and demanded their representation in committees, which are formed to look after and decide the matters relating to construction of new building of Sindh Assembly. Meanwhile, the CM had also answered the questions of members and said that employees of the defunct SAZDA had been absorbed in different departments of the government.