Peshawar: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has released funds amounting to PKR 4.44 billion for the reconstruction of damaged public facilities in the erstwhile FATA region, a news source reported. These funds are expected to aid in the rehabilitation of more than 700 damaged tracts of infrastructure, and will be used specifically in the rebuilding of irrigation channels, drinking water amenities, school buildings, and health centres.
The government also plans to reconstruct mosques and business hubs in South Waziristan as part of this initiative.
An official from the Department of Relief, Rehabilitation, & Reconstruction (RRR) has stated that the federal government has assigned PKR 26 billion for the development projects in various sectors of the newly merged tribal districts. He added that the Department of RRR earlier collaborated with the respective district administrations in orders to identify all instances of infrastructural deterioration. He said that this information was then presented to the authorities concerned for getting the rehabilitation projects approved.
As per sources, the Department of RRR, with the help of engineers from the Pakistan Army, identified 353 drinking water projects, 239 schools, and 71 healthcare facilities that require reconstruction.
From released fund amount, the government has assigned PKR 1 billion to South Waziristan, PKR 422.5 million to Khyber, PKR 1.05 billion to North Waziristan, PKR 1.1 billion to Kurram, PKR 1.04 billion to Orakzai, and PKR 490.5 million to the Mohmand district.
Meanwhile, the sources have revealed that the six newly formed sub-divisions of ex-FATA are not included in this programme.