KARACHI - Gorakh Hill, the highest point in the Sindh province will be developed into a summer resort and to achieve this aim, the Sindh Assembly on Friday unanimously passed a Government bill for establishment of Gorakh Hills Development Authority. Located in the Dadu district, Goraklh Hill is known for its natural beauty and its lower temperature during the sizzling summer season. Since the Z A Bhutto regime, the hill was to be transformed into a summer resort like Simla in the pre-independent days but for some reasons, the plans to develop the hill faltered. With the setting up Gorakh Hill Development Authority, it is hoped that finally, the area would be developed into a tourists spot and a summer hill resort. Sindh Law Minister Ayaz Soomro tabled the Government Bill No-09, 2008-The Gorakh Hills Development Authority Bill in the house for introduction and discussion. Initiating discussion on the general discussion on the bill, Sindh Minister for Culture and Tourism Sasui Palejo said that 5,688 feet high Gorakh Hill, but no substantial work was carried for the development of this hill station. She said during the first stint of PPP in 1989, under the executive orders of Shaheed Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, a feasibility report was prepared for Gorakh Hill. Had an authority been created, not only Gorakh but also the hilly tract of Khirthar would be developed. She said that Sindh government would invite investors as well as tourists, if such hilly resorts were developed. Appreciating the bill, Sindh Minister for Information Shazia Marri said that PPP government had done a lot for the development of the country and the province and for the welfare of people. She said that Shaheed Benazir Bhutto had initiated work on Thar Coal by establishing Thar Coal Authority but after PPP government no work was done in the coal sector. Now the PPP government set up Thar Coal and Energy Board to exploit the God gifted resource for the development of the country and the province. She said that tourism was necessary for development of economy and hoped that foreign investments would be attracted when the development starts taking place at the Gorakh Hill Station and said the project there would create huge number of employment opportunity for the local people of the area. She said Sindh was bestowed with picturesque hilly resort, beautiful lakes like Manchhar and Keenjhar, historic place of Moen Jo Daro. She was confident that government would work for development and beautification of natural recreational spots which on the one hand attract tourists and investors while on the other create job opportunities. Leader of Opposition in Sindh Assembly Jam Madad Ali, while supporting the bill, said that it was a good step for development of province. He said that Sindh was blessed with lot of natural resources and if attention was paid on these God gifted things the province would become prosperous. MQM Parliamentary leader Sardar Ahmed said that work on Gorakh Hill was initiated in 1952 but with snail space. He suggested that both coalition and opposition members may be included in committee. Sindh Ministers Murad Ali Shah, Rafique Engineer, Rauf Siddiqui, PPP legislators Jam Tamachi, Anwar Mehar, Irman Leghari and MQM member Her Soho, appreciated the bill and termed it in accordance with the wishes of people. They said development of Gorakh Hill will bring about changes in the socio-economic conditions of the people. They said the Hill station will attract tourists and investors which will open up job opportunities for the local people. Anwar Mehar of PPP was apprehensive about law and order situation in the area and said that development depended on law and order, which if not resolved, the bill will prove a futile exercise, he added. In the meantime, Sindh Minister for Culture and Tourism Sasui Palejo informed the house that police pickets have been set up at every 8 kilometer distance to monitor the law and order situation. After discussion, Speaker Nisar Khuhro asked the law minister to readout the bill clause by clause. Speaker clubbed clause 2 to 35 together and put in the house which was carried unanimously. Earlier, MQM member Syed Khalid said that 18 to 20 hours long power breakdown badly affecting the people and also hampering the commercial and business activities in the metropolis. He said neither M.D nor any other responsible official of KESC was available in the office whenever the elected representatives tried to contact them. He said he wanted to table an out of turn motion against the power utility. However, Sindh Law Minister Ayaz Soomro, with the consultation of MQM Parliamentary leader Sardar Ahmed said that resolution would be moved on Monday. During the question hour, journalist covering the assembly proceedings staged a token walk out to lodge protest against the detention of Dawn News Report Hassan Abdullah by some sensitive government agencies. Sindh Information Minister Shazia Marri visited the press gallery and assured the media men that government would inquire into the incident. The house which met with Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro with one and half hour delay, took up question hour.