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CM orders 24/7 work on city uplift projects

LAHORE, Nov 6: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday ordered round-the-clock work on on-going development projects in the city in three shifts for their speedy completion.

He was presiding over a meeting which reviewed the pace of progress on the projects of rehabilitation of Multan Road, widening of Canal Road and Canal flyover.

Communication and works Secretary Maj (retired) Azam Salman informed the chief minister about the projects’ pace of progress, a handout said.

Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said the culture of working on the projects during night time had been promoted so that people should not face any inconvenience.

Expressing his indignation over the delay in construction of Multan Road, the chief minister asked the officers concerned that why the project could not be completed speedily like Kalma Flyover.

He directed them that all under-construction sections of Multan Road be completed by November 30, seeking submission of a plan in this regard within a week.

He also ordered round-the-clock work on the projects in three shifts, besides a comprehensive plan for smooth flow of traffic during their execution.

He said there should be bus-stops and well-designed pedestrian bridges on Canal Road.

The meeting was told that the work on Canal Road widening project was being carried out in accordance with the Supreme
Court decision that four new plants should be planted for every tree cut for the execution of the project.

The meeting was also told that 500 trees had been cut during the project and 8,000 new plants had been planted to replace them.

Members of national and provincial assemblies and officers concerned were present.

ASHIYANA SCHEMES: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said the work on Aashiyana-II scheme on Barki Road will be started from December 25.

According to a handout, he was addressing a meeting during his visit to under-construction Ashiyana Housing Scheme at Saroba Atari here on Sunday.

He said work on the Ashiyana Housing schemes in Jehlum, Sahiwal, Faisalabad and Sargodha was continuing speedily whereas these schemes would be started in 17 more districts and their scope would be extended to the entire province under a phased programme.

The meeting reviewed the progress on Ashiyana-I, II schemes in Lahore and other districts of the province.

Punjab Land Development Company CEO informed the chief minister about the pace of work on the schemes.

The chief minister said the policy of austerity should be observed in execution of Ashiyana schemes and acquiring
of government land should be preferred for the purpose.

He said Barki Road ‘Aashiyana City’ consisting of more than 20,000 houses would be unique with regard to architecture, quality and transparency.

He said construction of multi-storey buildings and setting up of an industrial village for trade activities in Aashiyana-II should also be considered.

Punjab Land Development Company CEO in his detailed briefing told the meeting that land for Aashiyana schemes had been identified in 10 out of 17 districts of the province whereas the process of identifying land in other districts was also continuing speedily.

Later, Shahbaz Sharif inspected the under-construction houses and sports complex in Aashiyana Housing project.

COMPUTERIZATION: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif presided over a meeting to review progress on the Land Record Management and Information System project here on Sunday.

Project Director Irfan Elahi informed the chief minister about the pace of work on the project.

Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said the after completion of the project people would not only be facilitated in getting revenue record but also get rid of ‘Patwari culture’ and corruption.

He said the fraud and forgery with regard to registration of properties would also be eliminated due to the computerisation of revenue record. Expressing satisfaction over the progress on the project over the last three months, the chief minister appreciated the efforts of steering committee in this regard. He said that due to the efforts of steering committee, more than
Rs1.5 billion had been saved in the operational expenses of the project.

He said five service centres would start functioning in various districts, including Lahore, next month.

He said the scope of the project would be extended to all districts of the province under a phased programme.

Earlier, the project director informed the meeting that hardware for four service centres had been completed and the process of hiring people for these centres had also been completed whereas the work on recruitment of staff for 11 more centres was on.

The meeting was told that the website of Land Record Management and Information System had been launched through which
citizens could get information about ownership of their properties.

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