UAE – Project to Assist Pakistan: $300 million is the cost of Phases I and II
WAM ISLAMABAD, 30th December, 2013 (WAM) — UAE PAP was launched on 12 January 2011 upon the directions of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, with the intent to help Pakistan overcome the consequences of the destructive torrential rains by rehabilitating infrastructure. The project follows a comprehensive plan of rehabilitation that takes into account the rugged geographical topography and harsh weather conditions. The plan has four main pivots to rehabilitate the area and secure community development: roads and bridges, education, health and water supply. It also provides for additional efforts to offer humanitarian assistance to the unprivileged, poor and homeless.
In roads and bridges, two flood-wrecked bridges were rebuilt over Swat River, in addition to a number of modern asphalt roads in southern and northern Waziristan. In education, UAE PAP built, reconstructed and rehabilitated 60 projects including schools, institutes and academic technical colleges for male and female students in remote areas. In health, 8 projects were carried out to build hospitals, health clinics and medical institutes. In water supply, 76 water treatment and purification plants were set up and to extend potable water pipes extended and humanitarian assistance, including foodstuff, dates, school back bags, was extended. Serums were provided and anti-measles and infantile paralysis campaigns organized.
The total cost of the projects carried out under Phases I and II of the UAE PAP plan amounted to $300.368.000.
The generous initiatives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces and the continuous follow-up of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs , were the main factor behind the success of UAE Project to Assist Pakistan and also behind achieving the humanitarian goals, which aim to develop the infrastructure projects.
Characteristics of the Project The UAE PAP was launched with the aim of providing help and humanitarian assistance to the people of Pakistan and support their development initiatives for a better future.
Its mission is to execute development assistance projects that offer sustainability and continuous benefits to beneficiaries in the long run.
Development assistance projects of this kind are comprehensive by nature in order to help all sects, age groups and social classes of the Pakistani community, especially the orphans, handicapped, children, women, elders and the Pakistani people in general.
UAE PAP is a non-profit voluntary contribution project which offers multiple social, health, educational and economic assistance to the needy in various areas, cities and villages in Pakistan.
Its mission objectives include, but are not limited to, providing assistance to the people of Pakistan by developing poverty elimination programs, upgrading the educational system/environment, upgrading medical services and the community health environment and helping to create job opportunities for Pakistani nationals in order to eliminate unemployment and improve the economic conditions.
UAE PAP has a broad scope for projects throughout its mandated region of operation which include the building of modern roads and bridges to help establish inter-province/inter-city access points and secure means of easier travel for all people.
To build, maintain and restore schools, colleges and academic institutions while helping to upgrade the educational infrastructure and prepare students to earn academic credentials and obtain training experience.
To build, renovate, maintain and refurbish hospitals, clinics and medical institutes to extend badly needed modern medical care to Pakistani families in order to alleviate their suffering and protect them against diseases and epidemics.
To build water treatment and purification plants, extend delivery networks to provide remote towns and villages with potable water and eliminate the problem of undrinkable water.
To deploy humanitarian assistance to the poor, orphans, needy and homeless, provide food and healthcare to help them overcome their ordeal.
UAE PAP – Spirit of Solidarity UAE PAP adopted an all-out development plan to carry out vital projects to serve the Pakistani nation. The total cost of the projects in both phases, i.e. the first and second phases, have so far reached US$ 300,368,000.
Breakdown of projects Roads and Bridges Swat Valley and north-western areas of Pakistan were obliterated by the destructive seasonal floods which fully devastated the infrastructure, leaving the debris of destroyed bridges. It was impossible to travel across the Swat River, and the region was entirely cut off, making it impossible to deliver food, tents and medical supplies to the homeless in a timely manner. Inhabitants found it extremely hard to travel and had to suffer a real ordeal by having to use remote unmaintained roads and unconventional means of transport.
With no macadamized roads available, the inhabitants of South Waziristan suffered a similar ordeal, which had a heavy toll on them socially, economically and educationally. For this reason, the region lost any hope for development.
UAE PAP Road and Bridge Projects – Number of Projects: 4 – Cost: $121.580.000 UAE PAP carried out four road and bridge projects at a cost of $12,158,000, which included the reconstruction of two flood-destroyed bridges on the Swat River and building two new roads in South and North Waziristan.
These are amongst the most vital projects with a huge contribution to the development of infrastructure in remote areas in Pakistan. They also help in the social, economic, educational and health development of the targeted areas.
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Bridge Of particular significance is the reconstruction of the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Bridge which was originally constructed 40 years ago but destroyed by floods, leaving many villagers cut off and without necessary relief or supplies. The bridge is the most important in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, a main artery for provincial inhabitants and a vital link to the provincial highway. The 330 meter-long, 10 meter-wide, 6 meter-high bridge has a capacity of more than 5000 vehicles daily and serves as many as 70,000 commuters.
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