April 19, 2021
PM Imran Khan

Prime Minister Imran Khan unveiled a Rs 446 billion development package for Sindh

Prime Minister Imran Khan unveiled a Rs 446 billion development package on Friday to improve deprived areas of the opposition-led Sindh province encompassing projects related to agriculture, education, electricity, gas supply, and road infrastructure.

Fawad said in a tweet on Thursday that the amount will be in addition to the Rs1,100 billion Karachi package. He predicted that the next two years will be years of prosperity, as the PTI government works to alleviate the sense of deprivation among Sindh’s people.

Around 200,000 acres of land will be reclaimed to make it cultivable as part of the package to be announced by the prime minister during his visit to Sukkur, resulting in 2,522 job opportunities to help 500 households. The package has a goal of increasing access to higher education to 52 percent and the teacher-student ratio to 1:20. The plan calls for upgrading the province’s electricity transmission network to cut line losses by 5% and load shedding by 15%.

The package also includes the construction of the Nai Gaj Dam, which will irrigate about 28,800 acres and address a long-standing problem for the province’s farmers. The mega-development package also includes the construction of the 306-kilometer Sukkur-Hyderabad Motorway, which would fundamentally change the province’s communication network.

160 villages will receive gas on an emergency basis as part of the Rs 446 billion package, benefiting 5,074 households. About 30,000 new power connections will be given to districts that are currently without power. Apart from the Rs 446 billion Sindh development plan, the government has also proposed a Rs 1100 billion Karachi package.

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