Model village project in cold storage

KARACHI The model village project in the coastal belt of the metropolitan, announced by Chief Minister Sindh Syed Quim Ali Shah, is yet to be initiated, as the survey has been completed, it was learnt by TheNation. As per detail, not a single step was taken to ahead the project that was announced by the provincial governments chief, however, after the conclusion of survey of three villages including, Mubarak village, Soomar Goth and Abdur Rehman Goth located in Keamari Town no further devolvement has been witnessed. Community based organisations (CBOs), working in the coastal areas, have claimed that the project was thrown into cold storage. They complained that the government has not taken any concrete step towards developing the villages into model villages. In October, 2009, the Chief Minister Sindh had announced to develop as many as three villages into modern villages, wherein the fisher community would be provided with all basic facilities. Talking to this scribe some villagers said that it seemed that their dreams would never be fulfilled and he felt great disappointment for that. Mubarak Village has a scenic beauty, the tiny village with a population of 10,000 people is a fishermens village located near in Keamari Town, shore of Arabian Sea. The village is 35 kilometres away from Karachi city and is deprived of basic facilities like running water, healthcare facilities, jetty and electricity etc. However, the native of village, Bahsir Baloch regretted that despite the chief ministers announcement, no officials concerned had paid any visit to the village. He said that it had yet to be confirmed whether they had prepared any plan in this regard or not. The fishermen have become frustrated due to lethargic behaviour of the government, as the modal villages project, announced by the previous government, has been thrown into the cold storage. Earlier, the previous government had also announced to develop the villages as modern villages in September 2006 but nothing was done in this regard. The said villages are the stronghold of Pakistan Peoples Party, and the PPPs nominated candidates had been elected from the said constituency. According to the plan, under the model village programme, the existing kacha houses would be made pucca. These villages will be provided all modern facilities, including road network, drinking water and electricity system, to bring about a change in the lifestyle of the fisher folk. The fishermen identified the absence of running water, electricity, healthcare and educational facilities as the most urgent problems that needed immediate attention of the authorities concerned. A vast majority of villagers were living in abject poverty and nearly 95 per cent of the population depended on small-scale fishing. The government had announced to allocate 481.825 million rupees to the modern villages, wherein more than four hundreds houses are being constructed. Beside, the fishermen community of Mubarak Village has strongly criticised the government for failing to construct the proposed project of jetty at a cost of Rs. 60 million. The villagers appealed the government to fulfil its promises to modernise their villages providing with all basic facilities.

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