PESHAWAR - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has assured full support both technical and financial for timely completion of various uplift projects including mass transit, road infrastructure, water supply, conservation, irrigation, energy production, creation of employment opportunities programmes envisaged by the PTI-led government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The assurance was conveyed on Friday when a high level delegation of ADB led by its Country Director Werner E. Liepach called on the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Parvez Khattak in Islamabad. MNAs Dr Imran Khattak and Shehreyar Khan Afridi, Advisor to CM on Economic Affairs Rafaqatullah Babar, Additional Chief Secretary Khalid Parvez and Secretary C&W assisted the chief minister. The chief minister briefed the delegation in detail about the projects in different sectors particularly the mass transit scheme for Peshawar, over 200 water conservation and energy schemes particularly small hydel-power projects, new Express Way from Motorways to Swat and training of manpower on international standard.
The chief minister also said that on one hand the province has to pay huge bills of electricity of both irrigation and drinking water tube-wells while on the other hand the citizens are always facing shortage of water due to loadshedding that is why he has decided to convert all tube-wells of the province to solar energy so that the problem is resolved once for all.
On the other hand in almost all cities of the province, there is a great rush and needed mass transit systems in all district and divisional headquarters of the province. The chief minister also briefed the ADB delegation of the proposed Express Way to Swat, which will bring about a lot of change in the lives of people of that area. The details of a number of projects with reference to the required assistance of ADB, including pre-feasibilities and feasibilities were discussed with the delegation, which was highly appreciated by the delegates and assured all-out cooperation.