ISLAMABAD: Chairman Earthquake Rehabilitation and
Reconstruction Authority (ERRA) Altaf Saleem said the authority had
distributed Rs.61. billion among 600,000 affected people and had
restored most of the infrastructure in the quake-hit areas of
AJK and NWFP.
Commenting on the 3 years performance of ERRA, he
said more than 400,000 quake-resistant homes had been
built in the affected areas.
The government is supporting ERRA in implementing
a comprehensive programme in the sectors of health,
education, water and sanitation, social protection,
environment and gender equality, he informed in an
interview with PTV.
He said most of the people affected by the 2005
earthquake had returned to their new houses. Education,
health and water and sanitation facilities have been
restored to some extent and economic activities have
resumed but more needs to be done.
Government of Pakistan launched a number of new
projects for reconstruction and rehabilitation of Azad
Jammu and Kashmir in connection with the third
anniversary of October 8, 2005 tragic earthquake that
shook the region and unleashed unprecedented havoc to
both human lives and infrastructure.
Saleem said a massive urban development programme
was also launched for three major cities of AJK namely,
Muzaffarabad, Bagh and Rawlakot.
He announced the closure of all the campus under
their management because out of a total of 350,000
affectees living in the camps, now 320,952 have gone
back to their homes, while only 44 extremely
Vulnerable Families are left in 2 camps which will now
be administered by the Government of AJK.
He assured that all the resources will be provided
for the fast track and timely reconstruction of quake
He praised the selfless devotion of Armed Forces,
people and government of Pakistan as well as the
international community for extending positive and
meaningful support in difficult times.
He said ERRA has achieved considerable progress in
rebuilding the affected areas and this process will
continue until the comprehensive reconstruction of