Dyke repairs: Engineers, officials told to meet June 30 deadline

Irrigation dept asks for time till July 31 but suggestion rejected.

Express June 27, 2011
Dyke repairs: Engineers, officials told to meet June 30 deadline


Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah expressed his dissatisfaction over the work of dykes along the River Indus and warned officials that action would be taken against those who do not meet their June 30 deadline.

He was presiding over a meeting at Chief Minister House on the repair and maintenance of embankments.

Earlier, Sindh Irrigation Minister Jam Saifullah Dharejo, Irrigation Secretary Khalid Haider Memon, consultant Idrees Rajput and chief engineers presented their performance reports.

During the meeting, the irrigation officials requested the chief minister to extend the deadline to July 31, citing different reasons, officials told The Express Tribune. But their pleas went unheard and the officials were told to complete the 41 schemes initiated on the embankment and canals.

The chief minister also asked the consultants to monitor the work standards especially the dykes that were breached and the places declared sensitive.

The federal flood commission report was also discussed. Sindh Advocate General Abdul Fatah Malik briefed the chief minister about the Supreme Court’s directive in which the court had asked the Sindh government to take action against irrigation officials held responsible for negligence during last year’s flood. He said the directives were being followed.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 28th, 2011.


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