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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Restoration of infrastructure in Pak quake zone may take

[b]Restoration of infrastructure in Pak quake zone may take two to three years[/b]

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai - Reporting from Islamabad

[b]Islamabad, 19 December, ( [/b]Chairman of the Earthquake Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Authority (ERRA) Lt-Gen Muhammad Zubair has said that restoration and rehabilitation of basic infrastructure in the earthquake devastated areas may take two to three years.

In an interview with this scribe, he expressed the optimism to meet his target of rebuilding over four hundred thousand houses and restoring the infrastructure including roads, bridges, schools, colleges and hospitals in two to three years.

He said, "We will not deviate from the master plan even an inch while reconstructing the earthquake-ravaged areas of Azad Kashmir and north part of NWFP." He further stated that the public and private funded houses would be built according to the approved design and earthquake resistance structure.

Excerpts from the interview:

Question : Please tell us about ERRA reconstruction strategy?

Lt-Gen Muhammad Zubair: The main thrust of the plan in the quake-affected areas was to encourage people to reconstruct their house on self-help basis and they would provide them with finances and technical help.

After consulting the experts, the government had designed three models to rebuild houses, and we would strictly follow these designs.

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