PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Governor, Barrister Masood Kausar has said that completion of work at the under-construction bridge over Indus River at Khushalgarh carries great importance in terms of socio-economic uplift and every possible step will be taken to ensure sustenance in provision of financial resources to materialise it without any hindrance.

Talking during a briefing by NHA at the site of the project, the governor said the progress achieved so far in respect of this project is indeed a great source of encouragement and there is a need to maintain the tempo.    

Referring to the pace of work on the project, the governor described the 24 per cent progress uptill now as against the planned figures of seven per cent, a great achievement on the part of the authority and said that this indeed has become possible due to the collective role and contribution of all concerned.

He particularly paid rich tributes to the Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and the Federal Minster for Communication Dr Arbab Alamgir Khan for their keen interest in making this possible.

Referring to the expected monthly income of Rs 40 millions on completion of the bridge to NHA, the governor said, beyond doubt the overall socio-economic impact of the project not only for the province but at the national level too, would be much more than it, which also includes paving way for establishment of an oil refinery in the region.

Such sites, he said, carry a lot of potential from tourism point of view and there is need to exploit this aspect as well.

The governor handed over cheque of Rs 0.15 million each to 32 deserving women under Waseela-e-Rozgar Scheme of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Income Support Programme for establishing their own enterprises.

Talking on this occasion, the governor highly appreciated the courage of the women in their struggle not only to sustain at their own feet but also generate financial support for their families.

This, in fact, he said, is one of the efforts to materialise the aspirations of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto and there is a need that the beneficiaries of the programme should make the utilisation of the resources in true spirit of the programme.

The women folk, the governor said, are also the worst sufferers of terrorism and militancy oriented after effects and this scheme will also be of great help to them in looking after their family members.

He also wished success to the women business enterprisers and expressed the confidence that they would be fully patronised and guided in future too.