Zardari announces cadet college for Tharparkar

Zardari visited the Civil Hospital and the office of Thar Coal Project before chairing a meeting of local officials.

Our Correspondent April 18, 2014
Zardari inquires about well-being of a child in Mithi. PHOTO: PR

HYDERABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Friday travelled to Mithi, the main city in Tharparkar, which was officially declared drought-hit nearly two months ago.

Zardari visited the Civil Hospital and the office of Thar Coal Project before chairing a meeting of local officials.

The former president directed the Sindh government to establish a university, cadet college and vocational school in the district. He also announced provision of greater health and drinking water facilities for Tharparkar and promised a water purification plant for every village. He also instructed the provincial authorities to set up 150 dastarkhwans (free community meals) in Mithi.

Zardari asked the chief operating officer of the reverse osmosis (RO) plants, Irshad Hussain, to make all defunct RO plants functional and to build new ones. According to Hussain, the combined capacity of all the 48 RO plants is 75,000 gallons, enough to supply drinking water for 25,000 to 30,000 people, while another 25 RO plants are under construction.

Zardari visited children’s nursery and paediatrics ward at the Civil Hospital Mithi where he inquired form the parents about their children’s health. He also visited Bahria Town’s medical camp, where four mobile medical teams are busy treating people.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and provincial ministers Sharjeel Memon, Jam Khan Shoro, Dost Ali Rahimo and others were also present in the meeting.

Memon said the government wanted to provide an RO plant to each village of Tharparkar. He added that the drip irrigation technique, which helps grow crops with the lowest possible use of water, will be introduced for growth of pastures for livestock which is the mainstay of the Thari economy.

The desert region received low rainfall last year. Moreover, the small amount of pastures and crops in the region were destroyed by an unusually strong wave of cold winter.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 19th, 2014.


Ali Pakistani | 7 years ago | Reply

Why wasn't my comment posted?

Kirmani | 7 years ago | Reply

Instead of punishing the corrupt MPAs and bureaucrats and reforming the administration there, forming new administrative system there, establishing sustainable water resource and food supply mechanisms Mr. zardari is announcing cadet college, university and "dastarkhawan" there. Such projects have great potential for corruption as can be seen in numerous such projects which either have been built in files only or built to a poor standard all over the wadera fiefdom called sind and the unfortunate Karachi

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