Asian Development Back Announces $180 Million Project to Revitalise Coastal Regions in Pakistan

DB Announces $180M Project to Restore Pakistan's Coast

Islamabad: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has revealed a significant USD 180 million initiative to revitalise the drains, forests and roads in Pakistan’s coastal regions, as reported on May 30.

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This extensive project, outlined by the Sindh Ministry of Irrigation and Food, aims to protect vulnerable coastal areas, generate employment opportunities for the local population, and foster sustainable economic growth. The announcement was made during a meeting between Sindh Minister for Irrigation and Food Jam Khan Shoro and an ADB delegation led by Dr David Freuilich.

The initiative will focus primarily on the coastal districts of Thatta, Sujawal, and Badin, which have been severely affected by recent rains and flooding. Prior to the commencement of any physical work, a thorough survey, design, and mapping of the Indus Delta in these regions will be conducted, according to Minister Jam Khan Shoro. He also recommended enhancing the capacity of the Karo Gondro drain and including the Shakoor drain in the project scope.

Dr. Freuilich emphasised the ADB’s dedication to assisting Pakistan in addressing environmental pollution, enhancing food security, promoting agricultural development, and preserving cultural heritage.

This project not only promises to restore and protect the coastal ecosystem but also aims to improve the livelihoods of local communities by creating sustainable job opportunities and promoting economic resilience in the face of environmental challenges.

Read more about the coastal districts like Badin and Thatta on Graana blog.

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