In the seventh session of the Provincial Development Working Party, more than 10 billion projects were approved.
On the special instructions of the Caretaker Minister for Planning and Development Mr. Syed Hamid Shah, approval was given in the light of the rules set by the Election Commission. The approval was given in a PDWP meeting chaired by the Additional Chief Secretary Planning and Development Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mr. Muhammad Zubair Asghar Qureshi. Seven important projects related to rural development, irrigation, and interior were approved. Among the approved projects are feasibility studies for setting up of Provincial Court Complex in all the divisional headquarters of the province, Police Station Bahrain, payment of decree money for acquisition of land for construction of Swat, Central Jail Haripur, and rehabilitation of children in Bannu. Plans for the establishment of Juvenile Centers, and land acquisition for the construction of the Forensic Science Laboratory in Peshawar were approved. Apart from this, in the meeting, approval was also given for the upgradation and improvement of the damaged flood protection structure and drainage system in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The caretaker government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is taking necessary steps for public welfare despite the difficult economic conditions.
Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Nadeem Aslam Chaudhry presided over a meeting on preventive measures to avoid monsoon rains and flood damages. All institutions should complete the preliminary measures in time to avoid damages due to stormy rains, wind, and floods, the chief secretary said. The chief secretary was informed that in the PDWP meeting, the most necessary projects to deal with the flood situation have been approved. Measures should be taken in view of the arrival of tourists in the tourist districts the chief secretary said.
Additional Chief Secretary, Secretary Irrigation, Relief, C&W including Army, FC, Rescue, and PDMA officials participated in the meeting while commissioners and deputy commissioners participated through a video link.
the chief secretary said that cracks in safety dams in Nowshera should be repaired immediately. The construction of safety dams and safety arrangements along the Swat River were reviewed in the meeting. the chief secretary was briefed that steps are being taken to restore the road passing through Bahrain Bazar in Swat. the chief secretary said that the availability of funds for flood prevention is being ensured. Necessary measures were reviewed in areas where there is a risk of flash floods including Chitral, Swat, DI Khan, Tank, Charsadda, and Nowshera. the chief secretary said that in flood-prone districts, the administration should ensure adequate stock of food items, petrol, and medicines in advance. In the meeting, a briefing was given on Monsoon Plan and Urban Flooding Plan by the Relief Department. the chief secretary said that the availability of swimmers including sandbags, life jackets, boats, dewatering pumps, and other necessary equipment and machinery should be ensured. he further added that timely measures are necessary to minimize the damages caused by climate change.