After a delay of about five years, the Sindh government is now ready to accelerate the work on the project of the New Sindh Secretariat Complex. Its PC-1 has already been prepared and to be discussed in the forthcoming cabinet meeting, PPI learnt here on Wednesday.
The sources said that recently in a meeting the project was discussed and it was agreed to form a ministerial committee to ensure its early initiating and completion. It was suggested that a green belt should be formed around the proposed complex to lessen environmental pollution.
The whole project would have foolproof security measures, including extensive network of CCTV cameras. The concerned ministry has formed the proposed ministerial committee, and completed the PC-1 of the project, which would be tabled in the meeting of the Sindh cabinet for approval.
About Rs10 billion would be spent on the proposed project. According to the PC-1, the project would be constructed on 19 acres of land. Presently many offices of departments and ministries are working at the premises in old barrack-type buildings.
The proposed project comprises two fifteen-storey buildings and six smaller units of six-storey buildings along with a parking plaza, library, 1000-seat auditorium, police and Rangers check-posts and many other modern features.
When contacted, Provincial Minster for Works and Services, Manzoor Hussain Wasan, confirmed the finalization of PC-1. He said this project was the dream of Benazir Bhutto. To a question about generating funds for the project when the government was facing serious financial constraints due to diversion of funding towards rehabilit-ation of flood survivors, he said that rehabilitation of flood survivors was the main task of the Sindh govern-ment but they would manage to allocate funds for the project of New Sindh Secretariat also.