LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that effective measures are being taken to control the damages caused by the hill torrents in Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur along with utilisation of their water for irrigation purposes. To meet the objective, an amount of Rs 1.14 billion is allocated for this purpose. He said a comprehensive plan is evolved with the cooperation of Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) involving a sum of Rs 6 billion for bringing improvements in DG Khan Canal Circle and an amount of Rs 520 million would be spent on the project in the current fiscal year. He also issued instructions for to analyse setting up of a technical committee for supervising related projects in Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur. The chief minister was presiding over a high level meeting regarding prevention of losses due to hill torrents in Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur and utilisation of their water for agri purposes at Chief Ministers Secretariat on Saturday. Senior Advisor Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, Minister for Local Government Sardar Dost Muhammad Khan Khosa, Members Punjab Assembly Dr Asma Mamdoot, Sardar Atif Hussain Khan Mazari, Sardar Fateh Muhammad Khan Buzdar, Sardar Sher Ali Khan Gorchani, Sardar Hasam-ud-Din Khan Khosa, chairman Planning and Development, secretary Irrigation, secretary Housing, Commissioner Dera Ghazi Khan, DCOs Rajanpur and Dera Ghazi Khan and other officers concerned were also present in the meeting. The chief minister said Punjab government was working on a comprehensive plan to save the people and their property from the devastation caused by flash floods caused by the water moving from the hilly areas. In this connection, a number of projects were being executed on priority basis in these areas, he added. Shahbaz said Wapda would also spend an amount of Rs 500 million to counter the ever-looming threat. During the meeting, he also issued instructions for reviewing the project of construction of a dam at Kaha hill torrent and said metrological department should also be contacted for the installation of a radar at Suleman Range for the provision of timely information to the people of the area about the flash flooding. Shahbaz directed Secretary Irrigation to personally visit the region to ensure timely completion of ongoing development projects. He also ordered strict implementation of third-party audit system for ensuring transparency of all projects.