Thursday, December 8

Buzdar meets PTI parliamentarians

LAHORE:Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar met with PTI parliamentarians from the provincial capital, provincial ministers, ticket holders, workers and office-bearers of minority, youth and women wings on Tuesday. He listened to their problems and assured them to resolve the issues on a priority basis. Senator Ejaz Ch. also spoke on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, the CM termed the workers and office-bearers as party assets and warned that no injustice with workers will be tolerated. You are part of my team and I am proud of you, he added and stated that their genuine issues will be resolved at every cost. The PTI in Lahore not only challenged a party occupying power for 30 long years but also proved its political wisdom by winning different seats, he said. The PTI has broken this status-quo and worked day and night to wriggle Punjab out of the quagmire of crises, he said. I have conducted more than 180 field visits while ensuring record legislation. The CM added that decisions have been made with consultation as the government believes in good governance and transparency. Neither I have asked anybody to do some illegal task nor allowed anyone to do so, he emphasized. I have worked with diligence and there is no corruption scandal of the Punjab government, he stated and added that the commitment of the government is stronger than the challenges.

The CM said billions of rupees have been allocated to solve the problems of Lahore city as full attention was paid to improve the quality of life of the people. During the third year of the previous government, Rs. 67 billion were given to Lahore for different projects, excluding the budget of the orange line metro train, whereas different projects valuing Rs. 85 billion have been chalked out for Lahore in the third year of the PTI-led government in Punjab, he stated. We have established 21 universities as compared with seven universities in past tenure besides issuing NOCs for 20 cement factories. The CM added that the three years performance of the PTI government is better than the ten years of work of the past government.

The CM disclosed that the draft of the new local bodies system would be finalized soon and local bodies elections will be held in Punjab next year. The local governments will be fully empowered, he added. Meanwhile, Kisan Card and Mazdoor Card were launched during the last three years and every citizen would be provided a Sehat Insaf Health Card by December this year in Punjab. I have started meeting PTI ticket holders, workers and office-bearers and this will continue, he announced.

While talking about the development strategy of the Punjab government, the CM said 606-meter long flyover was being constructed at Shahkam Chowk and 6-KM long defence road from Labour Colony to Shahkam Chowk will be dualized. Lal Shehbaz Qalandar Underpass and pedestrians’ bridge in front of Jinnah Hospital have been completed and South Asia’s largest Miyazaki forest was being developed in Lahore. Such urban forests will be developed at a number of points in Lahore to resolve air pollution, he said. Lahore’s master plan-2050 was being devised in consultation with stakeholders and the cleanliness system was also being improved in the provincial capital, the CM added. Though there are some unresolved issues, he affirmed.

As compared with the previous government, the incumbent government has made a saving of 800 rupees per ton in the new cleanliness system. A Turbo roundabout will be constructed at Shahdara Chowk to provide separate passages for heavy and routine traffic. Work was also in progress at Gulab Devi Underpass and Sheranwala Gate Flyover, he added.

While parking plazas were to be built at Sheranwala Gate, Masti Gate and Aik Moria Pull, the CM said and added that 35 thousand apartments will be built under LDA City Naya Pakistan Apartments Project. Construction of 4000 apartments was in progress in the first phase while central business district and Ravi River Urban Development projects will prove game-changer initiatives, he added. The brick kilns have been transferred to zigzag technology and Children University has been established while the mother and child block was being completed at Ganga Ram Hospital with a cost of seven billion rupees. Emergency blocks will be constructed at Services Hospital, Jinnah Hospital and Ferozepur Road with 15 billion rupees, he noted.

Rs. 10 billion will be spent on surface water treatment plant projects at Mahmood Booti, Shahdara and Shadbagh areas. Meanwhile, Rs. 4 billion will be spent on the restoration of the historical heritage of Lahore Fort while the Dilkash Lahore project was also started to highlight the beauty of the provincial metropolis, he added. A lawyer’s tower will be built while the new Punjab assembly building has been completed by the incumbent government, he said. Work on this building was stopped without any reason in the previous tenure, he added.

Rs. 1.65 billion will be spent on water projects in 3 large union councils in Lahore and restoration of Sagian Road, women development office complex at Sabzazar, prison complex Lahore, centre for college faculty development and construction of multi-storey parking plaza at civil secretariat were being started. Furthermore, expansion of the Mazaar Bibi Pak Daman and establishment of revue academy was being made and fifty electric buses will be run on different routes in Lahore, he told. Meanwhile, Rs. 3 billion will be spent to construct a modern bus terminal at Thokar Niaz Beg. Shelter homes have been built at Data Darbar, Railway Station and Thokar Niaz Baig localities, he stated.

Similarly, mobile almonries have been started for the needy communities. Besides the provision of 600 new vehicles, 10000 recruitments have been made in police and the scope of LDA has been confined to Lahore city to improve its service delivery. It has been decided to divide Lahore into new administrative units keeping in view the rapid increase in the population.

It is impossible administratively to run Lahore through a single deputy commissioner, he disclosed and added that Lahore will be administratively divided to carve out new districts and resources will be provided for the projects relating to Lahore. Continuous liaison with workers will be maintained, he concluded. Provincial ministers Mian Mahmood ur Rasheed, Mian Aslam Iqbal, Murad Raas, Asad Khokhar, Dr Yasmeen Rashid, SACM Hasaan Khawar and others were also present.