Reconstruction projects of 2005 earthquake in AJ&K still half-finished: Basit

Written by The Frontier Post

Muhammad Asad

ISLAMABAD: Countless reconstruction projects of 2005 earthquake in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K) are still half finished and people of the area are suffering continuously, while contractors are awaiting release of funds by the Government.

It was shared by the President of Contractors Association for Reconstruction of earthquake damages in AJ&K Mr. Basit Awan along with other members of the group and civil society leaders during a news conference in Islamabad on Tuesday.

Mr. Basit told the media that numerous reconstruction projects of public departments including Schools, Colleges, Hospitals, and basic health units could not be completed mainly due nonavailability of funds by Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA)/ government despite passing of more than 16 years.
According to him, the earthquake sufferers are facing huge difficulties due to non-provision of these basic necessities of live.

He said that looming winter season would add more in existing difficulties of the people of the earthquake hit area in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and government must act to end their miseries.

While speaking to the occasion General Secretary Raja Ghafoor Ahmed said that government must release the funds provided by the International donors for reconstruction work of the region, so that pending work can be completed.

The Speakers appealed to the Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chairman National Disaster and Management Authority (NDMA) and Chairman Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) to provide funds for reconstruction of the earthquake hit area to complete the projects.

The speakers noted that if government did not meet their demands up to 5 November, the people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K) along with women and children will observe sit in at D-Chowk Islamabad until resolution of the year’s long problems.

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