CM unveils Rs25b uplift package in visit to 3 districts


Inaugurates projects in Sheikhupura, G’wala, Hafizabad completed with billions of rupees

Amraiz Khan

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Wednesday paid a whirlwind visit to three districts including Sheikhupura, Hafizabad and Gujranwala and announced new development projects worth Rs25 billion along with the establishment of universities. He also inaugurated various projects completed at a cost of billions of rupees.

Talking to media in Gujranwala, the CM announced new projects of Rs8.41 billion including Flyover at Alam Chowk and internal and external link roads in the city. 14 more projects will be started including a burn unit with a cost of Rs1.92 billion.

He also announced the university of Gujranwala project having a sub-campus of Punjab University and both campuses of UET.

The necessary process has already been started and I will monitor this project, the CM added.

Meanwhile, instructions are an issue for the feasibility study of the children hospital and the federal government will also be approached for improvement of GT Road.

Along with it, the CM announced that a road will be constructed to link Gujranwala with Sialkot-Lahore Motorway.

Briefing the media about steps for public welfare, the CM said Sahulat Bazaars will be established at the level of tehsil and items will be provided at the rates of 2018 in Ramazan Bazaars.

The CM met with PTI leader Hamid Nasir Chatta and briefed him about the development agenda of the government.

The CM also held meetings with different delegations including PML-N MPA Ashraf Ansari and Younis Ansari and assured them of resolution problems of the city.

Usman Buzdar announced a development package worth more than Rs10 billion for Sheikhupura along with the establishment of Waris Shah University during his visit to the district.

Meanwhile, Tehsildar Muridke and SDO local government have been removed from their posts on public complaints. The CM also inaugurated a tree plantation drive at Sheikhupura Gymkhana.

At the outset, the CM inaugurated district education complex, Muridke trauma centre, CTD regional office and national model school to Faisalabad road Sharaqpur chowk dual road projects worth Rs1.27 billion.

He also laid the foundation stone of a water supply and drainage project costing Rs41 million in Sheikhupura besides meeting with parliamentarians and notables. PML (N) MPA Mian Jalil Sharaqpuri also called on the chief minister.

While talking to the parliamentarians, the CM announced to visit all the districts of the province and the development packages will be finalized with the consultation of the parliamentarians, he added.

The development process has been extended to backward areas as progress is the right of every locality, he said.

Early implementation of the district development package will be ensured and I will monitor the development schemes, the CM continued.

Mian Jalil Sharaqpuri MPA said that Usman Buzdar is moving the province towards genuine development.

I trust CM Usman Buzdar and he will fulfil the promise of development, he continued. Parliamentarians thanked the CM for the development package.

Provincial Minister Mian Khalid Mahmood, SACM Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Adil Mahmood and Anwar Rashid of Sheikhupura Chamber of Commerce & Industry, president DPA Azmat Mahmood Sidhu, general secretary Mian Ali Bashir and others were also present.

While talking to the media, the CM said a huge development package has been announced and an in-principle decision has also been made to detach Sheikhupura from the jurisdiction of LDA.

Necessary steps are taken for the establishment of Waris Shah University as the establishment of universities in every district is a commitment of the government, he emphasised.

The government intends to accord every district its rights and I will continue to conduct visits to review the development process, he stated.

No one is politically victimised and the utmost effort is made to deliver on merit, the CM emphasised and further announced that he has always strived to follow rules and merit.

Development is the right of every citizen and early implementation of the district development package will be ensured, he added.

The CM said that issues pertaining to the Sheikhupura press club are sympathetically reviewed and journalists will be given health cards on a priority basis.

Meanwhile, the CM announced Rs7.2 billion development package for Hafizabad while land has been transferred for DHQ hospital and the University of Hafizabad projects.

On his directions, the Hafizabad University Act will be presented before the cabinet meeting today.

The CM also held meetings with parliamentarians and people from different walks of life at the district complex.

On the occasion, the CM disclosed that land has been transferred to the University of Hafizabad and the new DHQ hospital building.

The development package has been devised in consultation with parliamentarians and the series of district tours has been started from today.

Senator Ejaz Chaudhary, SACM Dr Frdous Ashiq Awan, parliamentarians, commissioners, RPOs and others were present.