ISLAMABAD - While the damage cost of roads after the flash flood is exceeding Rs18 billion, the government is yet to release funds for reconstruction which could further damage road infrastructure. National Highway Authority (NHA) has been waiting to consume it for reconstruction but the department concerned is yet to release finance for repairing the destroyed road infrastructure, Communication Ministry sources told TheNation. Besides these damaged roads, sources said, NHA was also running short of money regarding completion of important projects in Balochistan and Sindh. KKH, Lowari Tunnel, M-8 (Gwadar-Turbat-Hoshab, (N-25) Widening of Kalat-Quetta-Chaman, Kalat-Quetta (60 km), Quetta-Chaman (57 Km), Lakpass Tunnel (180M), Ormara-Pasni section and other projects. An important meeting headed by NHA Chairman Ch Altaf for funds release for roads reconstruction was likely in coming days but since he was arrested in Shershah Bridge collapse case in Karachi the other day, His sudden arrest may be further damaging as he was in negotiation with the government quarters about the funds, said the sources. It may be mentioned here that NHA has recently taken up the matter regarding funds with the Planning Commission shortly. It had asked the Planning Commission regarding the matter as how to proceed for restoration plan in absence of loan in the flood-affected areas. It is not out of place to mention here that the torrential rains washed away 639-km roads, 46 bridges, 333-km roads and 38 bridges. Earlier, it was informed in the standing committee meeting the damage assessment of roads and bridges in Sindh was Rs3 billion, 460 million while Rs4.64 billion were needed for reconstruction. Flood damaged Communication system causing loss of Rs1.60 billion while Rs1.440 billion were needed to reconstruct the road network and other loss The committee was told that the flood damaged the roads in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir caused Rs740 million while Rs980 million were needed for reconstruction. In Gilgit Baltistan damage assessment of roads was Rs420 million while Rs520 million wre required for reconstruction. It was informed that Rs450 million were needed for reconstruction of Chakdara Bridge while Rs10 billion were needed for reconstruction of road from Chakdara to Kalam. According to the damage assessment made available to TheNation, In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), around 325-km of roads and 20 bridges were damaged. In Punjab, 88-km of roads and seven bridges were damaged, while in Sindh, 139-km of roads and two bridges were affected. In Balochistan, 20-km of roads and one bridges were damaged and 150-km of roads and 10 bridges were damaged in Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir. At Singum (at 220-km) the temporary bridge had also been washed away. Ahead of it the road is closed for traffic (at 221-223 km) and traffic is being re-routed through Batuka Nala, a provincial road of Northern areas. Similarly, Kotri-Kashmore road (N-55) was submerged under 8-10 ft water (at 400-431 km) due to breach in Thori dam. Sukkar-Jacobabad Road (N-65) was also under water at a portion of 06 kms (at 46-47km and at 61-64km) and road was closed for traffic. Indus Highway Traffic was suspended at DG Khan side where a bridge is damaged on Kashmor-Ramak Section and the restoration work is badly hampered due to fresh wave of flood water. In Baluchistan Jacoabad-Sibi-Saryab (Quetta) road Dera Allah Yar By pass was closed for traffic due to overtopping of floodwater on the road at a height of 2ft.