KARAK: Pakistani ruling Tehreek-i-Insaf MP Shahid Khattak has claimed that 12 billion rupees in oil and gas royalties will be spent on development projects in Karak district over the next five years, of which 1, 3 billion rupees in the current fiscal year.
Speaking to doctors here the other day, he said that a high-level meeting held a few days ago, chaired by provincial finance minister Taimor Saleem Jhagra, decided to use the royalty funds to the development of the Kohat division.
He asserted that the oil and gas royalty funds would be spent with the consensus of local lawmakers. He added that the Rs 12 billion oil and gas royalty fund would be used under the Regional Development Program (ADP).
The legislator said royalty funds would be spent only on megaprojects identified by UNDP as needed, adding that the PC-I of development projects had been prepared by the same agency.
Mr. Khattak said the funds would preferably be spent on the construction of small dams to improve the groundwater table in the district.
The next major sector to benefit is agriculture to improve the standard of living of farmers, he added.
He said buildings for new schools would be constructed, equipment would be provided to hospitals and a network of roads would be extended.
He said that women empowerment projects would also be launched through royalty funds.
The lawmaker said the gas installation would be extended to every nook and cranny of the neighborhood. He said ADP’s project manager would be appointed in four weeks. He thanked Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief Minister Mahmood Khan for providing royalties.
FIVE INJURED ON THE ROAD: Five people, including a woman, were injured when a car and a rickshaw collided head-on near the Sheenghar flour mills on the Karak-Takht-i-Nusrati road.
The injured were transferred to Tehsil headquarters hospital in Takht-i-Nusrati, where four of the seriously injured, including a woman, were transferred to the district headquarters hospital.
Start of construction of the dam: The construction of the Zeri dam in the Mithakhel trade union council has been started, which would improve the water table and provide irrigation water to fields in the region.
Speaking on the occasion on Sunday, Irrigation Department Deputy Director Khan Wazir said these were the most feasible places for the construction of a small dam.
He said the project would be completed on time for the benefit of the people.
He said that once completed, the dam would recharge groundwater resources and improve the lowering of the water table in the region.
He said building more small dams was essential to ensure the availability of irrigation water in the region.
Posted in Dawn, September 14, 2020
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