PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Irrigation Arshad Ayub on Wednesday said that work is underway on 59 projects of Irrigation Department in merged districts with an estimated cost of Rs44 billion.

He expressed these views during a press briefing held at Itla Cell Civil Secretariat along with Special Assistant for Information Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif on ongoing projects of irrigation in the merged districts.

The minister said that historic steps were taken after the amalgamation of the former FATA into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in accordance with the manifesto of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan. After the amalgamation, it started with the best framework to bring the amalgamated districts on par with the settled districts.

A separate wing of the Chief Engineer merged districts has been set up while the offices of the Executive Engineer have been set up in each district while district offices have been established to provide services to the people at their doorsteps. Former FDA Small Dam Section has been linked with Planning Director General Small Dams.

While addressing a press conference, Special Assistant Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif said that development of integrated districts is priority. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab are contributing to the NFC for the merged districts. Under the leadership of Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, integrated districts are on the path of development. By the grace of Allah, there is no shortage of funds for development of integrated districts. Dams are being constructed to ensure preservation and best use of water.

Minister for Irrigation, while briefing the media, said that a significant portion of NFC has been allocated for the construction and development of integrated districts. Completion of development works in the amalgamated districts will bring prosperity in the life of the people.