Stressing the need to build major reservoirs, the
president accused the previous governments of betraying the people of
Sindh on major issues confronting the province.
He warned the people not to be misled by people
opposing the construction of major dams, saying they were enemies of the
Gen Musharraf said that being a friend of Sindh he
would never betray the interests of the province.
Terming construction of major water reservoirs vital
to the future needs of the country as well as Sindh, he said previous
governments had paid only lip service and failed to foresee the
country's irrigation needs.
He said that the government was now building new dams
in Punjab, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and the NWFP, which would ultimately
The ceremony was attended by a large number of
growers, agriculturists, Nazims, people from Ghotki, Jacobabad, Larkana,
Shikarpur and Sukkur districts.
Listing mega projects, like the RBOD, Sehwan Barrage,
Thar coal project and Reni Canal, under Wapda's Vision-2025, he said the
government was endeavouring to improve Sindh's water supply system for
the benefit of its agricultural sector.
Highlighting the government's endeavours regarding
the revival of national economy, poverty alleviation and other
development projects, President Musharraf said he would inaugurate the
Chotiari dam soon. He said this project would help meet irrigation needs
of Dadu district.
FCA MAY SET 20.27M TON WHEAT TARGET
Federal Committee on Agriculture (FCA) in its meeting
on October 7 is expected to set 20.27 million ton target for the 2003
The production target for the next crop envisages
about 10.26 per cent increase.
According to official figures, the domestic
requirements of wheat for the year 2002-03 will be a little over 20.74
million tons. Thanks to record harvests of 1999-2000 and 2000-01, 3.697
million tons will be carried forward. Together with the harvest of
2001-02, the total availability at the start of 2002- 03 has been
estimated as 22.089 million tons.
FOUR HYDROPOWER PROJECTS OKAYED
The government has given clearance to four major
hydropower projects worth Rs35.2 billion to be completed by June 2006.
Official sources told on Tuesday that all the four projects were
awaiting clearance by the Planning Commission which has been given after
the removal of some objections by the sponsoring agency of the projects
— the Water and Power Development Authority.
The Jinnah Hydro Electric Power Project would cost
Rs13.5 billion with the Foreign Exchange Component (FEC) of Rs6.6
The project envisages construction of 96MW
hydroelectric power plant at Jinnah barrage at the Indus River in
A total of 688GWH energy would be produced annually
from the power plant and would be connected to the main grid system at
Daudkhel by 132kv transmission lines, proposed to be constructed under
SEL TO ACQUIRE CHINESE TECHNOLOGY
Chinese trucks are set to replace the popular
Japanese brand Mazda T-3500 trucks on the roads in Karachi and other
parts of the country from next year as the Mazda Motor Corporation of
Japan has expressed its inability to supply the T-3500 chassis beyond
March 2003 due to some corporate compulsion.
Sind Engineering Limited (SEL) is acquiring franchise
and technical assistance from Dong Feng Motor Corporation (DFML) of
China for the assembly of 1.5 tons, 3.9 tons and 15 tons payload
commercial vehicles fitted with world famous Cummins engine thus
replacing Mazda T-3500 trucks, a senior official in SEL said.
SINDH UPLIFT KEY TO INDUSTRIAL GROWTH
Emphasis has been laid on developing infrastructure
and improving law and order situation in Sindh so that urban-rural
divide could be narrowed by setting up cluster of industries in lesser
developed areas of the province.
The occasion was a third session of second day of a
seminar on 'Economic Development in Sindh' organized by Dawn group of
newspapers on Wednesday at a local hotel.
BME TO SUPPLY IRON ORE TO PS
The Bolan Mining Enterprises (BME) will supply
100,000 tons of iron ore annually to Pakistan Steel (PS). An
inter-ministerial meeting presided over jointly by the ministers for
commerce and production and the petroleum and natural resources was held
on Wednesday to finalize the terms and conditions for the sale of
indigenous iron ore from Dilband area, district Mastung, Balochistan by
BME to PS.
The Federal Government has decided to ask managements
of ginning factories to modernize their machinery by September 2004 to
ensure production of lint cotton at par with international standards.
RAISING OF MANGLA DAM COMMENCES
President Gen Pervez Musharraf on Monday inaugurated
the Rs57 billion Mangla Dam raising project and said that Azad Kashmir
will now get royalty for its hydropower plant like other provinces.
Initially, the federal government has decided to
offer Rs700 to Rs800 million to the Azad Kashmir government, but later,
the Indus River System Authority (Irsa) will work out a formula for
extending royalty to AJK," he said.
IRSA WATER DISTRIBUTION
The Indus River System Authority (Irsa) prepared on
Saturday a water distribution plan for provinces, predicting a shortage
of 35 per cent of flows in country's rivers during the coming
wheat-sowing rabi season, starting from Monday.