ISLAMABAD: AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has urged the early completion of development projects initiated in AJK. He said that our priority is to facilitate the general population of the region and ensure a high standard of living.
The President made these remarks during a presentation given by the representatives of Changjiang Survey, Planning, Design and Research Company (CSPDR) on the 720 MW Karot Hydro Power Project and allied infrastructure. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Naveed Gillani, Director General AJK-Private Power Cell (AJK-PPC); Mr. Amjad Aftab Qureshi, Director AJK-PPC; officers of the district administration Sudhnoti, Rawalkot and Sensa.
In the briefing, the delegation also apprised the President of the progress on the Karot Hydropower Project and the construction of adjoining roads, highway bridges and the pedestrian bridges connecting existing roads in and around Karot HPP.
President Masood was informed that a new and elevated Azad Pattan Bridge will also be constructed and a raised 7-kilometre road connecting the bridge to the existing Azad Pattan/Goin Nala road will also be constructed. Along with a highway bridge, a 270-meter long pedestrian bridge will also be constructed close to the existing pedestrian bridge in order to facilitate the general population.
President AJK was informed that construction on the new road in Azad Pattan which will be connected to the new Azad Pattan bridge will soon be initiated after issues of land acquisition and design approval at various points are settled. The road and the bridge are expected to be completed and opened for public use within two years. But delays in may occur because of the design and land acquisition issues.