Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi felicitated 381 rescuers from Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) at their successful training at the Emergency Services Academy (ESA). In his message issued on Sunday, he said the Punjab province had always been performing the role of an elder brother for the other provinces, adding that he was pleased that the Emergency Services Academy was imparting training to the Rescuers of all provinces.
The chief minister highlighted that rescuers of KPK and Gilgit-Baltistan played an important role in saving many precious lives on account of the training being imparted by the Punjab Rescue Academy. He also congratulated 107 rescuers for getting pass-out along with launching an emergency service in Sindh as well.
He said that he was convinced that the trained rescuers would become a symbol of a sense of protection in Sindh like in Punjab. The CM underscored that the Punjab government was readily available to provide assistance to all the provinces of Pakistan through the Emergency Services Academy and apprised that the Rescue Academy was not only providing training and technical assistance to Pakistan but to the other countries as well. He stated that the personnel of Rescue 1122 were the real heroes of the nation and they boldly helped the people in every difficult time.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi accorded a principal approval to the Lahore Elevated Expressway Project. CM directed to launch the Interchange Expressway Project from Gulberg to Babu Sabu at the earliest and agreed on the proposal to run electric buses. Chief Minister presided over a high level meeting in which former Federal Minister Moonis Elahi also participated. It was principally decided in the meeting to launch the Elevated Expressway Project from Gulberg to Babu Sabu as soon as possible. CM stated that with the construction of elevated expressway the map of Lahore will change in few months.
CM ordered a review about the prospects of constructing commercial centres on the sides of the elevated expressway. CM was informed during the briefing that the expenditure cost of construction of the elevated expressway on both sides comprising four lanes will be Rs 85 billion and the first expressway will be constructed from the east to the west in the Lahore city.
The distance from Gulberg to the Motorway will be travelled in 8 minutes. The construction of elevated expressway will save 20 km journey and 30 minutes travel time. The elevated expressway will be linked with 12 main roads including the Mall Road and the Multan Road. The access to big hospitals including Punjab Institute of Cardiology will be easier through the elevated expressway.