He was addressing a select gathering which
comprised Nazims and Naib Nazims of Sindh, industrialists,
businessmen, intellectuals, editors, senior journalists and women
representing various walks of life at the Governor's House. Governor
Mohammedmian Soomro, Corps Commander Tariq Waseem Ghazi, provincial
ministers, and the Sindh chief secretary and senior Sindh government
officials were also present.
The president said the projects reviewed include
the Northern Bypass which is progressing well, and the Lyari
Expressway which is also going well and specially the resettlement of
the people who were being shifted from slums.
He said it was unfortunate that adverse reports are
projected some time in the media as if something wrong was being done.
He said the people who are being shifted from these
slums had been living in hutments on the bed of Lyari river in a
pathetic condition amid garbage and faced difficulties when the river
flooded. They are being allotted 80 square yards plots, with cash Rs
These people will come out of unhealthy conditions
and rehabilitated at a place where they will have schools,
dispensaries, electricity, sewerage, Sui gas and other facilities and
they will have ownership of their houses and still if it is being
projected adversely, it is unfortunate.
He then referred to review made with regard to 100
mgd K-III water supply project for Karachi and said on completion, the
water supply problem of Karachi would be resolved to a great extent.
MANGLA DAM LEVEL TO BE RAISED: MUSHARRAF
President Gen Pervez Musharraf said on Tuesday the
government would increase the level of Mangla Dam by 30 feet which would
ensure the availability of an additional 300mft water for Sindh.
Addressing the Nazims of Khairpur, Sukkur and Ghotki
and some councillors at the Governor's House, the president said he
would lay foundation of the project later this month and it would be
completed in four years.
The president said that Allah had blessed Pakistan
with plenty of water and "our problem is not its shortage but its
4 FOREIGN FIRMS PREQUALIFIED FOR THAR COAL STUDY
The government has prequalified four foreign firms
for award of Rs198 million contract to conduct a feasibility study of
Thar Coal deposits in Sindh province.
These companies include Rheinbraun Engineering and
Deutsche Montance Technologie of Germany, Marston & Marston of the
United States and Harworth Mining Consultancy of the United Kingdom.
All the four firms on Thursday made presentations to
a special steering committee on Thar Coal bankable feasibility study.
The steering committee meeting was presided over by director general of
Geological Survey of Pakistan (GSP) and attended by senior officers of
petroleum ministry, secretary and director general mines and mineral
development, Sindh and officials of the Sindh Coal Authority (SCA).
JAPAN, PAKISTAN TO BOOST ECONOMIC TIES
Japan and Pakistan, agreed to enhance economic
cooperation in a meeting between Seiken Sugiura, Sr Vice-Minister for
Foreign Affairs, Japan, and Finance Minister, Shaukat Aziz, on Thursday.
The finance minister thanked the Japanese visitor for
the US$300 million assistance and their support in many fields.
Japan is Pakistan's largest creditor and has about
US$5.3 billion credits as outstanding. This debt is being re- profiled.
The Japanese authorities are finalizing a draft
agreement in this regard.
CHASHMA N-PLANT TO BE CLOSED FOR REFUELLING
The Chashma Nuclear Power Plant (Chashnupp) will be
shut down for refuelling and cleaning at the end of the current month.
This outage is planned for 81 days.
The first refuelling outage (RFO), the Chashnupp
officials said was always much longer because most of the equipment
needs overhaul and inspection after first prolonged operation.
PAKISTAN STEEL PRODUCTION RATIO UP
Pakistan Steel has made a substantial achievement by
increasing the ratio of steel production from 37 tons per employee to 59
tons per employee and Rs0.63 million to Rs1 million in terms of cost,
during the last two years.
"During this period the Pakistan Steel also made
a significant contribution towards development of environment,"
said chairman, Pakistan Steel, Lt-Col Mohammed Afzal, while speaking at
the inaugural session of 8th training course on "Productivity
improvement in foundry industry" on Monday.
OIL, GAS DISCOVERED NEAR SANGHAR
The Oil and Gas Development Company has struck
sizable oil and gas quantities in Sinjhoro block, 20 kilometres from
Sanghar town in Sindh province.
"Post completion short duration test on half
inch choke size, the Resham well has produced 1,400 barrels of
condensate and six million cubic feet of gas per day at a wellhead
flowing pressure of 251 PSI having an API gravity of 52 degrees",
the company announced on Sunday.
The discovery at Resham well-1 in Sinjhoro
exploration licence is the second in a week's time and fourth in a row
during the current year each from a distinctly different reservoir
horizons. Orient Petroleum Inc is the joint venture partner with OGDCL
in the Sinjhoro block.
On Wednesday last, the company had announced
discovery of 425 barrels of condensate from its Chak-02 well in the same