CM stresses on wearing face mask

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Staff Reporter

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has said that in a wake of the alarming situation of the Corona pandemic, there will be a lockdown across Punjab from May 08 till May 16.

Wearing a mask is mandatory for every citizen whenever going out. Instructions have been issued to strictly enforce this restriction.

The government will take all possible steps to protect the lives of the people. Violation of corona SOPs will not be tolerated, he warned. The spread of Coronavirus can only be stopped with the support and cooperation of citizens.

He urged the citizens to follow the SOPs and make their lives safer. Legal action will be taken in case of violations of SOPs.

He asked the citizen to strictly follow the government instructions especially during the last days of Ramadan and on Eid holidays. Implement government measures is in the best interest of the public, he added.

In the meanwhile Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Saturday presided over a high-level meeting through video link at CM office to review the progress of the project of constructing dams to store the water of hill-torrents in Rajanpur and DG Khan.

The chief minister while giving approval of the project of dam in Surra near Sanghar of DG Khan has directed that this project will be included in the Annual Development Program of next fiscal year. He further directed that the feasibility study of the dam should be completed at the earliest.

The water of hill-torrents of DG Khan and Rajanpur can be stored and used for agriculture and irrigation purposes.

The construction of the dam in Surra will provide water to the people up to Taunsa in abundant quantity besides ensuring development in agri-sector.

The Surra dam project will prove to be a game-changer for the area. Usman Buzdar further directed to constitute a steering committee and a separate working group for this project.

Chairman P&D will be the head of the steering committee whereas the working group will consist of experts of relevant departments. Usman Buzdar said that the Punjab government will start the Surra dam as a pilot project.

Usman Buzdar was briefed about the technical issues and about the progress on the feasibility study of the dam.

Principal Secretary to CM, Secretary Irrigation, Chairman P&D, Secretary Finance, MD, GM and Chief Engineer of NESPAK participated in the meeting.

Secretaries of Agriculture, Forests, Livestock and Housing Departments participated from committee room of civil secretariat through video link and experts from Turkey and Germany participated through zoom.