The Senate Functional Committee on Problems on Less Developed Areas in its meeting held on Thursday at Parliament House, discussed in detail issues pertaining to Kuchlak-Zhob Section, Saranai to Chaman Section and bypasses at Loralai, Muslim Bagh and Zhob. It also discussed the bidding process for motorways from Zhob to Kuchlak and status of maintenance work at Zhob to Darazanda section. .
Chaired by Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar, the meeting was attended by, Senator Kulsoom Parveen, Senator Nighat Mirza, Senator Sardar Muhammad Shafiq Tareen, Senator Fida Muhammad, Senator Gianchand, Senator Anwar Lal Dean, Senator Muhammad Khalid Bizenjo and senior officers from theMinistry of Communications, the Ministry of Planning Development and Reforms, National Highway Authority along with all concerned.
While deliberating over implementation status of recommendations recorded in the meeting held on 30-12-2019; the Committee the committee took up issues pertaining to deserted motorway sections along Kuchlak-Zohb. The Committee stressed the need for conducting regular patrols to control law and order situations, accidents and traffic congestion alongside this section. The Committee was informed that soft patrolling was being conducted already. However, to begin operations on a regular basis, the Department was short of funds. Taking up the issue of status of repair and maintenance work at the Zhob to Darazanda Section, the Committee asserted that need for constructing speed-breakers by NHA on international standards. Chairman Committee, Senator Usman Khan Kakar emphasized that all roads in less developed must come up to NHA standards as this would go a long way in controlling accidents. The issue of people and trucks being stranded in the area was also discussed. Establishment of Emergency Response Centres on the Quetta – Zhob, especially during snowfall, was stressed. Discussing road standards, Senator Fida Muhammad brought up the issue of the Muzaffar Garh MM Road. The Committee stressed that this need for it to be maintained according to NHA standards.
Regarding retention of walls along the bridge situated between the college and city at Muslim Bagh the Committee was informed that the work had been completed in April. The Committee recommended that the height and length must be doubled to protect it from floods.
Discussing whether requisite measures were taken to issue tenders to commence construction work related to roads and motorways on the Kuchlak Zhob section the Committee was informed that the PC-I for the project has been approved by ECNEC. The project has been financed by the Government of Pakistan through PSDP allocation made in FY 2020-21. Work should be completed by 15 December, 2020.
Discussing revision of the Zhob Bypass; the Planning Division assured the Committee that once a revised PC-I by NHA is submitted; work on this project will be prioritised. Discussing low quality construction of the road from Chakdara to Mingora; the Committee stressed the need for ensuring that the construction company is taken to task. The Committee was informed that performance guarantee worth PKR 86 million has been encashed. The Committee stressed the need for the company to be blacklisted.