Hyderabad, The road link to Sindh’s first ever under-development Gorakh hill station located in West of Dadu district is disconnected since last seven months, as the torrential monsoon rains of 2011 had caused land sliding besides washing away the road at certain places.
Since last seven months the development work at Gorakh peak of Khirthar mountain range and also at different points along the way to Gorakh had come to a halt. The laborers and other staff of contractors had also left the place.
It may be mentioned that Gorakh peak and adjoining areas received snowfall during current winter season.
Sindh Tourism Minister Muhammad Ali Malkani, who visited the area and inspected the washed away roads and abandoned development schemes a couple of days back, was briefed that cost of rehabilitation of damaged roads, bridges, electric poles and water supply schemes has been estimated at Rs.300 million.
Director General, Gorakh Hill Development Authority, Nazeer Ahmed Chakrani informed the minister that rehabilitation scheme has already been submitted to higher authorities for approval and release of funds.
Minister Malkani directed to restore the road link instead of waiting for approval of schemes. He told that Rs.999 million-project was conceived for development of Gorakh Hill Station with matching funds by federal and provincial governments but so far federal government has paid nothing and Sindh government was spending from its own resources.
Malkani urged the federal authorities for releasing funds and said if the required funds were released, the tourists could get all the facilities by end of this year.
Tourism minister took stock of damages caused to pumping stations. He was told that Nai Gaaj reservoir has 100,000 gallon capacity while two other pumping stations on the way to Gorakh have capacity of 50, 000 gallon water each.