Rs86.2m needed for reconstruction


Agencies May 30, 2010

PESHAWAR: The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has said that Rs86.2 billion are required for the reconstruction process in Malakand and FATA.

Addressing a press conference in Peshawar, Director General PDMA Shakeel Qadir Khan said that the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the victims and of affected areas will start on once funds are received.

He said that the each affected family will be given Rs400, 000 for the reconstruction of their homes, while Rs21 billion is required for overall reconstruction set to take place in the years 2010 and 2011. He added that the PDMA have made representations to the federal and provincial government in this regard.

Meanwhile, Governor Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Owais Ahmed Ghani, while speaking at the 26th International Congress of Pakistan Society of Gastroenterology, highlighted the situation prevailing in the country, especially in militancy and terrorism hit areas of the province.

“We have been facing serious challenges for the last thirty years, not because of any fault on our part, rather we were compelled to respond to the emerging situation for the sake of security of our country and safety of our people,” he said.

However, he added that the government has “rightly understood the ground realities each time” and returned with great successes in every new phase of our national history.

Published in the Express Tribune, May 31st, 2010.

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