Buzdar announces Rs9.48b development package for Bhakkar

Staff Reporter

Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar announced an Rs9.48 billion development package for Bhakkar for the completion of 106 development projects.

He inaugurated 76 development projects worth Rs1.22 billion and laid the foundation stone of 26 schemes valuing Rs1.12 billion.

He inaugurated the revamping scheme of 48 kilometre long roads under RAP phase-I at DC office Bhakkar. Rs50.76 crore is spent on the project under Naya Pakistan Manzalain Asaan Project.

He inaugurated 20 roads and drainage projects under community development program phase-I. 42 schemes are completed with a cost of Rs40 crore under CDP phase-I. He also inaugurated 10 roads’ construction and 17 water drainage schemes valuing 22 crores under CDP phase-II.

He laid the foundation stone of 26 projects of Rs1.12 billion. He laid the foundation stone of thal university and five roads construction projects of 63 km length under RAP phase-II with a cost of Rs66 crore.

He also laid the foundation stone of 12 km long ten roads’ construction and nine water drainage projects under CDP phase-II.

Rs17 crore will be spent on it. The CM laid the foundation stone of the model bazaar valuing Rs8 crore.

Talking to the media, CM said DHQ hospital will be upgraded and cardiac centre will be established in Bhakkar while trauma centres will also be made in THQ hospitals of Darya Khan and Mankera.

Bhakkar circuit house will be renovated, 70 roads will be repaired and five drainage and water supply schemes will be completed, he added.

He said 11 health projects, five school education schemes, four higher education projects and three livestock projects will also be completed in Bhakkar.

Four local bodies, TEVTA, police and rescue schemes are also included in the district development package, he said.

Meanwhile, 234-acre land is reserved for thal university and Rs23 crore is released. The thal university act has been approved by the cabinet and the same will be presented before the assembly, he added.

The CM disclosed that PM is requested for dualization of 237 km long MM Road in PPP mode.

He regretted greater thal canal project was put on the back burner for 13 long years. Now, Rs1.5 billion has been paid for acquiring land for the project.

This is the largest irrigation sector project after the Taunsa Barrage which will irrigate more than 17 lac acre land, he added.