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Sindh to have 122 small dams soon

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KARACHI: Sindh will be the only province to have as many as 122 small dams of which around 50 dams have already been made operational, 39 new ones are under tendering process. The paperwork on 43 new dams have also been started, it is learnt.

The major purpose of these 122 small dams which costs more than Rs 12211 million is to cater to the water needs of the people residing in far-flung areas.

According to a briefing by the Chief Engineer, Small Dams Organization, the wing of the provincial irrigation department, the Sindh government had launched a series of small dams to contain the water crisis in the districts. Various potential sites were identified for small water reservoirs, particularly along the Kirthar Mountain on the western side of the province, Kohistan, Karoonjhar and Urban Shah Hills.

There are strong opportunities for storing rain water in natural catchments of the Kirthar hills which can be used for cultivation, livestock and human consumption on sustainable basis, according to a briefing.

The Kirthar mountain range, shared by Balochistan and Sindh, extends southward for about 300 km from the Mula River in east-central Balochistan to the Cape Muari west of Karachi on the Arabian Sea.

According to official documents available with the Sindh, a total of 50 small dams have so far been completed out of which 28 dams were completed under the province’s Annual Development Plan (ADP) while 22 dams under federally-funded Public Sector Development Program (PSDP).

Among these small dams, some 12 dams are located in Nagarparkar – Mithi, while 14 dams in Kohistan-I Dadu and 24 dams in Kohistan-II Jamshoro range.

Under the ADP schemes, the dams which have been completed include Ranpur bund, Mulji, Bhodesar Tank, Khararo Bund, Tobirio Tank, Lakhy-Jo-Wandio, Salari, Makhi, Rani Kot, Bandhani-I, Taki, Maliriri, Mohan, Ashoro Kuch, Suku, Koteri, Thado-II, Langheji, Nai-Mango, Kalu-1, Jharando, Sari, Malir Memon Goth Weir, Kataro, Meer Chakar, Mole Nadi, German Dhoro, Ranpathani and others.

While the small dams under PSDP are: Naryasar, Ghartiari, Gordhro Bhatiani, Jhinjsar, Lakar Khadio, Khuwara in Nagarparkar-Mithi, Shori, Kukrani, Bandhani-II, Khurbi, Ding Dhoro, Buri in Kohistan-I Dadu and Mullan, Bazkhando, Gaddap, Khand Dhoro, Ullar-Rahuja, Upper Mole, German Dhoro, Ranpathani, Liyari and Watan Wari.

Moreover, some 12 small dams underway under PSDP included Surachand Bund, Chanida Dam, Rinmalsar, Adhigham in Nagarparkar-Mithi, Hassan Jo Kun, Malir Bukhshan, Sukhan in Kohistan-II Jamshoro and LarhaNai, AikrsoNai, UkhariNai, KiniriNai and WariwaroNai.

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DG Khadim Hussain refuses to grant mining leases to relatives of caretaker minister

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KARACHI: Making it for the first time, Director General, Directorate General of Mines and Minerals, Government of Sindh, has refused to grant mining leases illegally to the relatives of Sindh’s caretaker minister Mir Khuda Marri, it is learnt.

The insiders told Sindhnews that the caretaker minister was allegedly pressuring the DG Khadim Hussain Channa to grant more than 11 mining leases to brothers and relatives of the minister.

However, Mr Channa clearly refused to obey his orders resultantly the caretaker minister had a clash of worth with the senior officer, sources disclosed.

Soon after the clash, caretaker minister Khuda Bux Marri refrained the officer from attending the office and roaming the influential circle to get the officer transferred, the sources said, adding that caretaker minister had also requested the caretaker chief minister Sindh to transfer the officer.

So far, more than 20 mining leases have been granted to the close relatives of Mir Khuda Bux Marri however not a single lease granted to anyone after the decision of the Sindh High Court.

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CLICK Mafia – World Bank’s $23 million becomes useless  

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KARACHI: As the officers of the Sindh Government are used to of minting money, the assistance/loan of around US $ 23 million has also been fallen victim of corruption as the schemes initiated under Competitive and Livable City of Karachi (CLICK) project have been declared ‘substandard’.

The CLICK project is proposed to be financed by the World Bank’s loan under Investment Project Financing (IPF) and the Sindh government.

As per details, the monitoring team of the Planning & Development Department unearthed over Rs 32 billion embezzlement in the development schemes under the World Bank’s CLICK project in Karachi.

The team monitored 157 schemes in the first phase and 100 schemes were declared substandard whereas the report also revealed the use of old paver in the road construction. Moreover, the planning and development department has informed the World Bank about the substandard work in Sindh’s CLICK project.

It is pertinent to mention here that last year massive corruption and irregularities were unearthed in the sale of expensive KMC in Karachi’s Baldia West in which 4-acre land was sold via ‘fake challan’.The irregularities were unearthed in the sale of KMC land in Orangi’s Gulshan-e-Zia.

The four-acre land of a workshop and nursery was sold via fake challan with the nexus of a project director. Sources said that the land was used to bury the offal and waste of animals from 2004 to 2016.

The land came under the administration of KMC Baldia West section after the enforcement of the Town Municipal system in 2002.The market value of the said KMC land is more than Rs1 billion which was allegedly sold at extremely low prices via fake challan with the nexus of a project director.

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Dr Sadaat Memon – SESSI’s multi billionaire corrupt director

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KARACHI: It seems that there is no check and balance on mega corruption in state-run-institution as a director level official owns properties worth billions of rupees and still they are enjoying the most lucrative posting.

Dr Sadaat Ahmed Memon, who has emerged as the most-corrupt official of the Sindh Employees’ Social Security Institution (SESSI) these days with his alleged direct involvement in mega corruption at the institution, carries bogus career as he was illegally appointed directly in BPS-19.

In its report or the year 2016-17, the Auditor General of Pakistan in its report 2016-17 clearly mentioned: “It was observed that the management appointed Dr Sadaat Ahmed Memon directly in BPS-19 in January 2006 and subsequently promoted to BPS-20 in July 2013 without following eligibility criteria and prescribed experience in violation of rules”.

The auditor also pointed out that Rs 9.997 million paid to Dr Sadaat Ahmed Memon on account of pay and allowances were irregular.

According to Services Rules of Sindh Employees Social Security Institution (SESSI) 2006, the post in BPS-19 shall be filled by Selection Board by promotion on seniority-cum-fitness basis from among members of service holding the post of Senior Medical Officer/Women Senior Medical Officer subject to at least 12 year service in BPS-17 and above.

While remaining on the most lucrative posts in the organization, Dr Sadaat Memon has corrupted billions of rupees while playing with the lives of laborers. He remained posted as Director Procurement for couple of years from where he minted such a huge amount.

Here are the few achievements of Dr Sadaat Ahmed Memon:

  • He owns a private hospital – Sindh City Hospital now name changed as Al-Hamd Hospital – in city’s posh area worth Rs 1 billion.
  • He is the Master of fake-billing, over-payments.
  • Dr Sadaat owns 15-acre of precious commercial land just opposite to New Sabzi Mandi worth more than Rs 190 million.
  • Fake/bogus payments worth Rs 13.954 million at 25-bedded hospital at Labour Colony Daherki.
  • After buying a multi-millions private hospital in city’s posh area, an official of Sindh Employees’ Social Security Institution (SESSI) has purchased commercial lands on superhighway worth millions of rupees, Sindhnews has learnt.

Dr Sadaat Ahmed Memon is one of them who has brought loss of billions of rupees to the Sindh Government and portrays himself as the ‘honest’ official.

Dr Sadaat Ahmed, the then Director Procurement, Sindh Employees’ Social Security Institution (SESSI), who is presently posted as Medical Superintendent SS Landhi Hospital, is under various investigation focusing corruption of billions of rupees in the institution.

As the Sindhnews highlighted that Dr Sadaat Ahmed Memon owned a hospital namely Sindh City in Karachi’s posh area with evidences, he immediately renamed the hospital as Al Hamd Hospital to avoid further investigations into the assets beyond known sources.

Sindhnews repeatedly tried to contact Dr Sadaat Ahmed for his official version however he never replied back to calls and text messages sent to him on WhatsApp.

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