CBD project a flagship initiative of PTI: CM


Says govt devised a composite policy to resolve expats woes

Amraiz Khan

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Wednesday described the Central Business District Development (CBD) project as a flagship initiative of the PTI government which is planned at the prime location of the City over an area of 125 acres.

“This project will boost trade and economic activities while creating job opportunities”, the CM said and directed to expedite the project work.

Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar was chaired a meeting of Lahore Central Business District Development Authority (LCBDDA) to review the progress on the project.

The meeting was attended by Housing Minister Asad Khokhar, Chief Secretary Dr Kamran Afzal, SMBR, secretary housing, chairman P&D, finance secretary, commissioner Lahore, SMU head and others.

On the occasion, the CM said that the project is very attractive for foreign investors and there is a need for effectively showcasing it before the foreign investors. This project will also be showcased at Dubai Expo, he added.

CEO Lahore Central Business District Development Authority Imran Amin informed that an 8-acre piece of land of this project has been sold at a record price of Rs22 billion which is 165 per cent more than the reserve price.

Meanwhile, new appointed Vice-Chairman Overseas Pakistanis Commission Punjab Makhdoom Tariq Mahmoodul Hassan called on Chief Minister Usman Buzdar.

On the occasion, the CM expressed good wishes for him and directed to resolve the problems of expatriate Pakistanis on a priority basis.

The Pakistanis living aboard are a national asset and their services in national development cannot be ignored, he continued.

Meanwhile, a delegation of the National Commission on the Status of Women led by its chairperson Nelofar Bakhtiar called on Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and discussed matters of mutual interest.

The CM apprised the delegation of the steps taken for socio-economic empowerment of the womenfolk, adding that 18 women workers hostels and 1221 daycare centres have been established across Punjab.

Similarly, women development centres have also been established in universities for career planning and capacity building in addition to starting online training programmes for the women, he continued.

A helpline facility is provided to give necessary legal guidance for the resolution of women related problems, the CM informed and added that the government has also strengthened the Violence Against Women Centre in Multan and such facilities will also be established in Rawalpindi and other districts to provide prompt institutional support to the women in need, he said.

The CM assured that the chairperson of the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women will be appointed soon and the government will also review resolving women related problems through a joint platform.

Meanwhile, CM Usman Buzdar went to the residence of CEO City News Network Syed Mohsin Naqvi and condoled with him the sad demise of his maternal uncle and chairman City News Network Syed Afzal Naqvi.

Meanwhile, CM Usman Buzdar went to the residence of Anchorperson Ajmal Jami at Wapda Town Lahore and expressed heartfelt condolences over the death of his father Capt (r) Muhammad Irshad.

On the other hand, CM Usman Buzdar visited the residence of senior journalist and Chief Editor Daily Pakistan Majeebur Rehman Shami and expressed grief and sorrow over the death of his elder brother Sahibzada Ziaur Rehman Shami.


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