Rationing resources: K-P govt to cancel illegal mining leases

Probe ordered to check all allotments in the last five years.

July 26, 2013
Probe ordered to check all allotments in the last five years. PHOTO: FILE

PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government has initiated an inquiry into the allotment of mining leases during the last five years, with any lease procured illegally to be canceled immediately.

MPA and Special Advisor to the Chief Minister on Mining and Mineral Resources Ziaullah Afridi divulged the development while addressing participants of a guest hour arranged by Khyber Union of Journalists at the Peshawar Press Club on Thursday.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led provincial government has started a probe and any official found to be involved in the illegal allotment of leases will be charged, said Afridi.

Talking about other development projects initiated by the K-P government, Afridi said contracts have been awarded to foreign firms to improve cleanliness in the provincial capital. An agreement will also be signed with the National Logistics Cell for redesigning roads and infrastructure from Peshawar to Jamrud, Khyber Agency, he added.

The chief executive’s special advisor criticised Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco) for failing to maintain electric wires and supply lines which results in wastage of electricity and causes tripping due to excessive load on the power distribution system. Repairing costs, he added, are an additional burden.

When asked why the provincial government does not take any action against the Pesco chief, Afridi claimed the matter was not in their domain. “Despite that, we are making all efforts to resolve the power crisis in the shortest span of time,” he stressed.

Referring to the PTI-led government’s change and reforms agenda, Afridi said they will develop K-P into a “model province” through better management and policies. He added the government is taking practical steps for resolution of issues, particularly electricity, unemployment and corruption, and claimed the masses will see positive results soon.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 26th, 2013.


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