by Badar Jatoi, Canada
Courtesy: daily dawn 8.6.2009
Just two days after a clarification given by the Sindh Culture and Tourism Department through a letter “Gorakh Hill resort” (June 1), the Project Director, Gorakh Hill Station Development Authority (GHSA) informed this paper (June 3) that work on phase-III scheduled to be completed by 30th June 2009 has come to halt for non release of funds to the tune of rupees 999 millions.
The PD further disclosed that even Phase- I of the project i.e. job of laying road across Khawal Luck and water supply line from Nai Gaj (gorge) to the top of the hill could not be finished as out of allocated 126 million only 63 millions have been released so far. So much so that the road through Khawal Luck left incomplete since 1996, has been wiped out in landslides and heavy rains and needed to be reconstructed.
In the view of the PD GHSA’s presentation, the serious apprehension shown by Altamash Kureshi “Gorakh Hill Station: a project over delayed” (May 24) for the extremely slow pace of progress apparently stands vindicated.
Looking to the uniqueness of project, completion of which will create enormous economic opportunities not only to the people of backward hilly terrain but for the province as a whole, I request the Chief Minster and Chief Secretary Sindh to ensure that share of funds from the federal government and the provincial government are made available so that the project can reach the fruition for the benefit of masses.
I further request that since massive funds are involved at development stage therefore, in order to guarantee transparency in utilization of budget and maintaining work quality, the officers of impeccable credibility and integrity may be chosen for the project. I am afraid that if suitable persons are not appointed for the job, the fate of this important project will also not be dissimilar of other mega projects of the country; ill-fated Sher Shah Bridge on Lyari expressway is one such instance.