PPI Original Text (PPI-OT) – Badische Anilin und Soda Fabrik in collaboration with Government of Japan and United Nations-Habitat handed over land documents of a model shelter village to the flood affected families in Thatta

Karachi, May 28, 2012 (PPI-OT): BASF in collaboration with the Government of Japan and UN- Habitat handed over 113 newly constructed shelters to the residents of Gul Mohammad Gandhro Village, Sonda Town, Thatta in a prestigious ceremony. The massive floods of 2010 inundated the entire village of Gul Mohammad Gandhro as 113 houses of families, mainly fishermen, were washed away forcing the residents to live in make shift arrangements.

The project involved constructing durable shelters and structures which could endure vagaries of rough weather. Work commenced in February 2011 and through traditional methods of construction, 113 shelters, 42 latrines, water storage tank and a community space, have been constructed. In addition, landscaping and tree plantation, a children’s area, constructed wetlands and a verandha for vulnerable people have also been developed.

The ceremony was attended by district government officials, ministerial representatives, diplomats from the German Consulate in Karachi and the Government of Japan, corporate sector representatives, UN-Habitat staff, print and electronic media.

Media contacts Shahana Kaukab Phone: 92 21 111 550 550 Fax: 92 21 4546566 shahana.kaukab@basf.com Ghazala Siddiqui UN-Habitat Communications Officer Ghazala.siddiqui@gmail.com 0321-5346742 BASF Pakistan (Private) Limited 46-A, Block 6, PECHS Karachi, Paksitan “It is a matter of great satisfaction that today BASF has completed yet another project of corporate social responsibility.

We are happy for the residents who are moving to a neatly designed community based neighbourhood. Our landscaping will definitely help in creating lively environment,” said Mr. Mark Volmer, Senior Vice President, Construction Chemicals Asia Pacific, as he inaugurated the first shelter in line. Later, legal documents were distributed physical ownership was transferred to each family in presence of government designated functionaries.

“We were the first ones to come forward and assisted our fellow citizens when floods came. BASF will continue to assist fellow citizens in trying times.” The project is financed by the Government of Japan, Global Construction Chemicals Division through BASF Social Foundation, Ludwigshafen, Germany and, technically executed on their behalf by UN-Habitat Pakistan.

The Deputy Consular General, Government of Japan Mr. Abe Masamichi in his speech said that, “I am very happy to be here at Gul Mohammad Gandhro. From my visits to Sindh after the floods, I realised how badly Thatta, Badin and MirpurKhas were affected. Since then in Sindh, through the Government of Japans funding 3,710 shelters have been made by UN-Habitat.”

He further said in his speech entirely delivered in Urdu that he understood that Gul Mohammad Gandhro had experienced a hard time getting funding, and was happy to see them resettled for which he highly appreciated the support of BASF and UN-Habitat in the rehabilitation of the village. Country Programme Manager Mr. Siamak Moghaddam in his speech said, “The reconstruction of Gul Mohammad Gandhro, as we witness today has brought government officials, administration, the community, the UN, and the donors together in one place. It reflects the close collaboration of all these parties in partnership.

The road to reach this point has not been easy and we all faced serious challenges. But, I can confidently say that when we have the resources, and are committed and work together, we will prevail.” Divisional Commissioner Hyderabad, Mr. Ahmed B. Narejo also spoke at the event stating that the government was very happy to support the UN and the donor community in their efforts. The governments contribution at Gul Mohamad Gandro in the form of land had helped the people in resettling and he was very proud of the people efforts in the rehabilitation of their village.

For more information, contact:
UN-HABITAT, Pakistan
Communications and Public Information Officer
Ghazala Siddiqui
Email: Ghazala.siddiqui@unhabitat.org.pk
Torsum Khan: 0321-5346742

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