imageISLAMABAD: The Senate on Thursday continued discussion on the annual budget 2014-15 and the lawmakers stressed

the need to construct dams and expedite work on ongoing projects to cope with energy crisis.

Resuming discussion on the annual budget, Hamza of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) appreciated the finance minister for presenting a balanced budget. He said that economic activities have gain momentum and social economic condition of masses was gradually improving owing to the positive policies of the government.

He said that the government managed to bring the inflation to single digit in just one year besides strengthening Pakistani currency.

Hamza said that the government was making all out efforts to construct dams to cope with the energy crisis adding that hefty amount was allocated for such projects in the budget. He said priority was also being given to connect the whole country through motorway net works and Rs.30 billion was allocated for the construction of Lahore Karachi Motorway.

Haji Ghulam Ali of JUI-F alleged that very meager amount was allocated in the budget for various mega projects of Khyber- Pakhtunkhwa. Giving the details, he said that a sum of Rs.30 billion has been allocated in the budget for Lahore-Karachi Motorway project which was not yet approved. However, only Rs.200 million was specified for the much need Lowari Tunnel and Peshawar Northern By- Pass project, Child Health project and Khan Abdul Wali Khan University.

He said that the equal allocation should be made to all the under development parts of the country.

Similarly, he said that Rs. 442 million and Rs.92 million were earmarked for a hydel project in Kohistan and rehabilitation of Warsak dams respectively which could generate over 2,400 MW cheap electricity.

Ghulam urged the government to complete mega projects in other provinces like being completed in Punjab.

He said that the past government had announced special package to KPK due to heavy loss in war against terror and urged to extend the package. Afrasiab Khattak of ANP paid rich tribute to veteran Baloch leader Nawab Baksh Marri and said he always struggled for the rights of Baloch people.