Karachi, July 25, 2019 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, in consultation with all the relevant experts, and local approved the alignment of Ghotki-Kadhkot bridge located in 60 kilometres upstream of Sukkur Barrage. The bridge lies within the coordinates of 28 to 4 degree in the North and 69 to 12 and 69 to 15 degree in East N 28 degree. It is located 60 kilometres downstream of Guddu Barrage. He took this decision on Thursday while presiding over a high-level joint meeting of Irrigation, water experts, consultants, woks department engineers and stakeholders/locals of Kandhkot-Kashmore district here at CM House.
The meeting was told that the first hydraulic study was conducted at Irrigation Research Institute, Nadipur Lab on March 28, 2018. The Irrigation department had expressed reservations on bridge location which was given in the RFP and subsequently in the concession agreement. The Irrigation department proposed a new location which was about 14 kilometres upstream from the original bridge.
The chief minister constituted a joint expert committee of officials from NED University, Mehran University, Irrigation department and Works and Services department with the task to evaluate the bridge location options and recommend the most suitable location. The joint expert committee after detailed deliberations recommended the original location as per RFP.
The Works and Services Department signed Concession Agreement in May 2018 with a private company, SPV which has created Ghotki-Kandhkot Road and Briudge Company (Pvt) Ltd. The Concessioner submitted Hydraulic Model study from Nadipur Lab to Works and Services department based on final proposed location for further action. The model study proposed the bridge for two kilometres. The total width of River at that place is nine kilometres. It means there would be a four-lane two kilometres long bridge and five kilometres approaching roads on both sides.
It was observed that during 2010 flood water spilled over Tori Bund, therefore the chief minster decided that all the embankments located near the bridge would be strengthened. The chief minister directed Works and Services Department and the Irrigation department to send the bridge project to the Indus River Commission (IRC) for approval. The work would be started as soon as the IRC approved the project. The chief minister said that the bridge would be a gift for the transport from Punjab-Sindh-Balochistan and for the people of all the nearby districts of nearby provinces.
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