SFD no­tices slow mov­ing quake-hit ar­eas projects

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

ISLAMABAD—The Saudi Fund for De­vel­op­ment (SFD) has taken se­ri­ous no­tice of slow mov­ing projects in 2005 earth­quake hit ar­eas of Azad Jammu and Kash­mir and Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa. Dur­ing visit of SFD to over­see progress of Saudi funded projects, the SFD del­e­ga­tion di­rected the con­trac­tors to speed up the work.

Af­ter the dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake of 2005 in AJK and KP, King­dom of Saudi Ara­bia funded 30 ma­jor projects in earth­quake af­fected ar­eas of AJK and KP. These projects were started in 2009 and were planned to com­plete within two years. The non per­form­ing con­tracts were given a dead­line of three months to sig­nif­i­cantly en­hance the progress.

In a re­cent Project Mon­i­tor­ing Re­view Com­mit­tee meet­ing held at KSA, SFD Au­thor­i­ties ex­pressed deep con­cern and dis­sat­is­fac­tion over dis­mal progress of ma­jor projects. They fur­ther took note of the vi­o­la­tion of SFD guide­lines by cer­tain con­trac­tors and asked for its com­pli­ance be­ing the donor of the funds.

They fur­ther asked ERRA Au­thor­i­ties to ter­mi­nate the con­tracts of the non per­form­ing con­trac­tors at King Ab­dul­lah Univer­sity AJK, District Com­plex Rawalakot, District Com­plex Bagh, and King Ab­dul­lah Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal Mansehra. It is im­por­tant to high­light that ear­lier in 2014 SFD Au­thor­i­ties had asked to ter­mi­nate the con­tract of a lo­cal Con­sul­tant of these projects as well to in­fuse much needed im­pe­tus to the progress.

SFD ear­lier in Jan­uary 2016, em­ployed an In­ter­na­tional Con­sul­tant to over­see the said projects as it was ob­served that these projects did not ful­fill the stan­dards of con­struc­tion and their re­tarded progress could not al­le­vi­ate suf­fer­ing of peo­ple.—APP

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