KARACHI, Oct 25 (APP): Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, has expressed satisfaction on the progress of National Programme for Improvement of Watercourses (NPIW) in Sindh during project review here Saturday.
Project Director, Programme Monitoring Unit (PMU) Sindh, Naveed Kamran Baloch briefed the Chief Minister about the Programme which is being implemented successfully throughout the province with financial support of Federal Government.
There are about 33,000 unimproved watercourses in Sindh which would be taken up under this programme in four years at a cost of Rs.22 billion.
He informed the Chief Minister that target for the current year is 6000 watercourses and allocation of Rs. 300 million has been released to Sindh for current year.
He said around 16,564 out of 33,000 watercourses have been completed under this programme upto October 25.
Under the Programme the District Governments have received so far 29,503 applications from Abadgars for improvement of their watercourses.
He said that about 22,606 Watercourse Associations (WCAs) have been formed and registered by the Community Development Departments of District Governments.
According to him 17,825 watercourses are being lined under the current programme while earth work on 19,237 watercourses has been carried out and technical sanctions of about 20,672 watercourses issued. It is expected that the 195 Field teams shall be completing the set target in the stipulated time.
Chief Minister stressed that there should be no overlapping in schemes of SIDA and Programme Monitoring Unit and said that work on watercourses be improved while the percentage of recovery of outstanding dues be enhanced.
He directed that if there are any bottlenecks, the same may be resolved.
Syed Qaim Ali Shah directed to monitor discharge of water and problems, if any, should be resolved at the level of Secretaries so that water is supplied to growers judiciously.
He directed that meetings of monitoring committees be held at district level, and in case DCO is pre-occupied, then EDO (Agriculture), EDO (Revenue) and XEN Irrigation should meet regularly and resolve the issues.
The Project Director said that PMU had introduced GIS-based Information and Monitoring system.
He told the participants that the system has revolutionized data handling and monitoring on the project. The system had enabled the monitoring teams of PWl to generate and transfer monitoring data live from the watercourses to the HQ in real time eliminating the long process of multiple paper work.