Thatta (Jan 27): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said the the newly constructed bridge on River Indus has bridged the two newly divided districts of Thatta and Sujawal and it has paved the way to transport heavy machinery from Karachi port to Tharparkar to install coal-based power plants.
This he said while addressing the inauguration ceremony of newly constructed Thatta- Sujawal Bridge on River Indus at the site of the bridge today. He said that the old Thatta- Sujawal bridge was constructed about 50 to 54 years ago and it had developed cracks in its structure. Therefore, the administration had controlled started controlling flow of, heavy traffic on the old bridge. “ The big issue was how to transport heavy machinery of coal-fired power plants to Thar coal field,” he said and added that the the development endeavours of the people’s government was being affected due to the old bridge. Syed Murad Ali said that keeping in view the urgent requirement of the new bridge his government decided to construct new bridge on River Indus from it own resources. “This is the first ever bridge on Sindhu Darya that has been constructed by any provincial government from its resources, otherwise this is the job of federal government,” he said. He said that this bridge has been constructed within a period of 19 months at a cost of Rs2.9 billion. Appreciating the Thar Coal Authority, the executing agency of bridge, the chief minister gave appreciation letters to the concerned officers and the contractors. The chief minister said that the bridge immediately joins or connects the two districts of Thatta and Sujawal divided administratively recently. “People and the representatives of both the districts favour administrative division of Thatta and Sujawal, otherwise I would have rejoined them as the bridge has connected them,” he said in a lighter mood. He said that he was well aware that some people were not happy on the construction of the new bridge “because their business of minting money on allowing trucks and other heavy traffic has come to an end,” he said again in a lighter mood. Syed Murad Ali Shah said that the new bridge would usher in the new vistas of development and prosperity in the area upto the desert of Thar which has started producing black gold to provide power to the whole country. He said the new bridge is a four lane and the old bridge which is two/ lane would also be used simultaneously for smooth flow of traffic. “ I would suggest to the district administration to use the old bridge for light traffic, including bikes,” he said. Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali announced to construct two more bridge on River Indus, one at Zulfikarabad and other one at Kandhkot-Ghotki. “we have already constructed a bridge on River Indus at Jhirk- Mulakatyar and I am going to inaugurate it shortly,” he said. Earlier, when the chief minister landed at the bridge he was received by provincial minister Mohammad Ali Malkani, PPP leader Sadiq Memon and others and senior government officers like ACS ( Dev) M. Waseem, Commissioner Hyderabad Qazi Shahid Parvez and others amidst the slogans of jeay Bhutto and Jeay Murad Ali Shah. The chief minister was briefed on the project by secretary Energy Agha Wasif.