PM inaugurates Kachhi Canal at Dera Bugti

Dera Bugti: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasion on Thursday has urged the people of Balochistan to vote for those politicalparties who had put the country and their province on the road to progress and prosperity.

The Prime Minister made these remarks while addressing the gathering after inaugurating the Rs 80 billion Kachhi Canal designed to turn 72,000 acres of barren land in Balochistan green.

The Prime Minister said the PML-N did not believe on hallow slogans and promises but practically work for resolutions of people’s problems.

“Now you have to decide weather you want development of your country and province or otherwise, the future of Balochistan is in your hands, adding that the PML-N is the only political party which has always thought about Pakistan and put it on the path of development.”

The Prime Minister said this vital project was initiated byformer Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 1998, however it fell victim to gross cost overrun and long delays. He said work on the project was started in 2002 but no attention was given by a dictator during his long tenure and the PPP government during its five year term and finally funds for it were released by the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

He said most of the people were against this project but Keeping in view the importance of the project it was revitalized with the active support of the federal government and commitment of WAPDA.

The Prime Minister said Kachhi Canal project would change destiny of the people of Dera Bugti, adding that “Pakistan owes to people of Sui as the entire country get benefitted due to their natural gas.”

The Prime Minister assured the people of Dera Bugti that the issues of water and natural gas would be resolved on priority bases, adding “We will not repeat whatever wrongs were done with the people of Balochistan in the past and work to ease your problems.”
The Prime Minister said the time was not far when Balochistan would become the most prosperous province of Pakistan.

He said Rs 200 billion were being spent on various water projects in the province as  Rs 25 billion power projects were underway, while  a huge amount of Rs 455 billion were spent on roads and highways in Balochistan of which most of the projects had been completed.

The Prime Minister announced that Rs 15 billion would be spent on providing natural gas to each district headquarter of the province. He said the federal government was establishing 29 universities in
Balochistan which would change destiny of the people of the province besides after completion of Gwader Port Balochistan would be the most prosperous province of the country.

Prime Minister Abbasi requested the misled Balochs to desist the path of deviance and put their share in the country’s development. He said the PML-N government during the last four year has spread a network of motorways and roads besides completing numerous power and gas projects due to which electricity and gas loadsedding had been minimized.

No attention was given to water resources in the past but the PML-N government has started some gigantic hydro power projects that included Diamir Bhasha dam, Munda Dam, Kurram Tangi Dam, Dassu Dam, extension of Tarbela-4-5, adding that these projects would change destiny of the country, he added.

The Prime Minister on the occasion announced a number of development schemes for Dera Bugti which include setting up of a 50-bed hospital at a cost of Rs 100 million to be funded by the OGDL, Rs 110 million for Rescue Centre, Rs 10 million scholarships for 60 students of Dera Bugti and Rs 40 million for upgradation of intermediate college to degree level.

The Prime Minister said government respected the supreme court verdict of July 28, 2017, adding the prime minister immediately relinquished the charge as a result no chaos was created in the country. This is the victory of democracy as chaos blocked development of the country, the prime minister added.

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