President directs restrengthening of LBOD, channels before June

President directs restrengthening of LBOD, channels before June

KARACHI, Feb. 1 (APP)- President Asif Ali Zardari has issued directives to restrengthen Left Bank Outfall Drain (LBOD) and all inlet channels with the focus on revamping of all natural rainstorm water drains before June. He said this while chairing a meeting which discussed the progress on various ongoing development projects in Sindh including health, irrigation, education and road construction at Bilawal House here Wednesday.
 Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Senior Minister Pir Mazharul Haq, Murad Ali Shah, Mir Nadir Magsi, Agha Siraj Durrani, Jam Saifullah Dharejo, Sharmila Farooqui, Chief Secretary Sindh and senior officials were also present in the meeting.
Briefing the media, Sindh Information Minister Shazia Marri said Sindh Minister Mir Nadir Khan Magsi has submitted a written report on the LBOD and natural water drains and gave a complete briefing to the President on the losses to canal system in the province due to torrential rains in 2011.
 She said that the President also asked the irrigation authorities to begin revamping of storm water drain revamping with Puran Dhoro, followed by Soney Dhoro and Nara Dhoro.
 The President also made it clear that no compromise could be made in this regard and asked irrigation authorities to utilise all available resources including the refurbished anti-encroachment law to vacate these drains keeping in view the climate change.
 President Asif Ali Zardari also called for creating a team of experts for the implementation of these projects.
 She said that the President sought the completion of irrigation projects before the arrival of monsoon season so that people living in these areas must not be affected again and their losses of crops, livestock and economic structure should be minimized.
 Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that Sindh government has allocated a record amount of Rs 111 billion in the current budget for development schemes in the province, of which foreign component included Rs 50 billion and Rs 20 billion from provincial government.
 President Zardari noted that all the ongoing projects should be completed on time with the availability of such a big allocation for development schemes.
 Replying to a question, Shazia Marri said that she was disappointed over the response of Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif in his press conference in which he again utilized old tactics of blame game rather than coming up with an action plan to deal with the issue of spurious drugs.
 She said that he blamed a Karachi pharmaceutical industry for manufacturing substandard drug and did not talk about other three more firms from Lahore which are also involved in the manufacture of sub-standard medicines.
 Terming it a discrimination and biased attitude, she said that entire industry whether in Lahore or Karachi belonged to Pakistan and nobody should be singled out on bigotry.
 “We condemn this attitude and being the Chief Minister of Punjab and health minister he should not be pointing finger at others and instead of taking shelter under the blame game, he should be coming out with the details of arrest and action plan to deal with this problem”, Shazia Marri said.
 She said that CM Punjab did nothing to take the responsile to task and FIA did all the arrests and sealing of drug factories.
 She questioned why PIC did not inspected the labs before the purchase of these drugs which resulted in the deaths of innocent patients at this institute.