Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mehmood Khan Tuesday presided over a meeting to finalize the annual development program for 2018-19. The meeting decided the completion and up-gradation of mega projects in the province on priority basis. The projects prioritized for completion and up-gradation included Swat Motorway, Rapid Bus Transit Peshawar, Chashma Right Bank Lift Canal, Gomal Zam Dam, sports grounds and up gradation of 200 higher secondary schools throughout the province.
The meeting also decided the completion of ongoing schemes and the initiation of demand driven public welfare projects on need basis for which resources would be provided, the meeting decided. The Chief Minister directed the heads of public sector institutions for meaningful utilization of resources, leading from the front to complete these schemes as expeditiously as possible. He underlined the need for the capacity building for enhancing the scope of the productive sectors, attracting investment in mines and minerals and tourism related projects. Different departments should plan their priority areas, he added.
Mahmood Khan directed for a comprehensive and feasible master plan for the beautification and uplifting of Peshawar and providing maximum facilities to the people of Peshawar city. The meeting focused on the annual development program of the province. Out of the 1749 projects, 135 projects have been completed while another 439 projects were at different phases of completion. These projects after completion would give 1653 different facilities to the people.
Chief Minister underlined the need for strengthening the fiscal base of the province for the implementation of developmental plan under PTI agenda. He directed to complete preparation for the provincial government net hydel power and other dues to get them from the federal government. He assured to complete the near to completion, flagship projects and other feasible schemes in order to give maximum relief to the people. The meeting also approved the opening of new schools in hired buildings. The meeting also reviewed the progress on Reshakai Economic Zone and allowed the acquisition of additional 1600 acres of land for the Reshakai Economic Zone. The meeting also asked for the progress so far made on the 5% mark up as a relief to the industrialists under the provincial industrial policy.