Lahore—Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif presided over a high level meeting here today which reviewed the pace of the programme of beautification of big cities of the province including Lahore through horticulture and landscaping. The meeting also gave approval to setting up of Quaid-e-Azam Institute for Horticulture and Landscaping. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister directed that besides maintaining cleanliness, due attention should also be paid to the beatification of cities. He directed to outsource services in Botanical Garden and said that immediate measures should be taken to raise the standard of Botanical Garden to international level. He said that there is a need for regular monitoring of the measures for horticulture and landscaping. The Chief Minister also directed to beautify the pillars on the routes of metro bus projects with ivies. He also ordered immediate steps for eliminating ramps in front of shops and plazas and said that institutions concerned should perform their duties with efficiency and give results. He said that people should fully benefit from the ongoing programmes for providing them facilities. He said that he will not allow wastage of funds in the implementation of these projects. Shahbaz Sharif said that protection of the interests of the people and provision of facilities to the masses is his mission and the institutions concerned should perform their duties with commitment. He said that the beautification work of cities should be undertaken with efficiency and determination. He said that he will not tolerate delay in the provision of facilities to the citizens. The Chief Minister said that Punjab government is implementing a comprehensive programme for the promotion of horticulture and development projects have been beautified through horticulture. He said that plants and flowers help in beautification besides controlling pollution. He said that proper look after of plants and flowers is necessary and public awareness should be promoted for this purpose. Kh. Ahmed Hassan, DG Lahore Walled City Project, Vice Chairman PHA, Commissioner Lahore Division, DG LDA, DCO Lahore and officers concerned were present.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday took notice of a cylinder blast in a factory near Chung and sought a report from administration and institutions concerned.
The Chief Minister directed that an inquiry should be held into the incident for identifying the person responsible for negligence while best treatment facilities be provided to the injured.