Rs13b Faisalabad uplift to be completed by year end: Bakht

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Dissatisfaction Farukh Habib wants work be sped up on schemes

Punjab Finance Minister Makhdoom Hashim Jawan Bakht said that all the schemes of Faisalabad District Development Program with allocated Rs13 billion will be completed by the end of this financial year.

Further, a modern system of urban transport will be introduced in Faisalabad alongside the problems pertaining to clean drinking water provision, municipal and Wasa in the district will be resolved on priority basis.

Bing an important centre of industrial activities, Faisalabad is also the focus of the Punjab government and the government will give a new face to Faisalabad in the next two years.

Faisalabad Ring Road should also be made a part of the development program, he declared while presiding over a review meeting of Faisalabad Development Program organized by the Planning and Development Board here Wednesday.

The meeting was attended by Minister of State for Broadcasting Farrukh Habib and Punjab Minister for Excise and Development Hafiz Mumtaz Ahmed.

Other participants in the meeting included Chairman Planning and Development Board Punjab Abdullah Sanbal, Secretary Finance Iftikhar Ali Saho, Deputy Commissioner Faisalabad Ali Shehzad and other official concerned.

The Faisalabad DC informed the participants that the annual development program (ADP) for the financial year 2020-21 included 2,708 schemes worth Rs90,650 million for which a total of Rs36,078 million has been allocated, adding that 95 percent of the released funds have been spent. Schemes completed in Faisalabad in the last financial year include Kashmir underpass.

In the development program of 2021-22, 289 new schemes have been included in the districts while 182 ongoing schemes have been included for which a total of Rs15.394 billion has been allocated. Out of the development schemes for the current financial year, 1,891 schemes are part of the District Development Program.

Expressing dissatisfaction over the progress on development schemes, Farukh Habib stressed the need of speed up the work on ongoing road schemes.

He said that the issue in ongoing development schemes was not the provision of funds but the pace of work.

The district government should ensure proper monitoring and timely completion of development works.

In addition to district level development schemes, the department of communication and works should also pay attention to municipal schemes, he said.

He asked a final timeline should be set for the completion of road projects included in the Chief Minister’s package. The problems of Wasa Faisalabad and Parks and Horticulture Authority Faisalabad should also be solved.

Faisalabad Cardiology Hospital and Children’s Hospital should also be made part of the annual development program.

Expressing satisfaction over the Rs13 billion district development package by the Punjab government, the minister of state said that the district development package would give an opportunity to the public representatives to solve the long standing problems of the local people.

Hashim Jawan directed the Faisalabad DC to inform the next meeting about the details of the schemes to be completed in Faisalabad and to fix the timeline for completion of the ongoing schemes.

He asked accelerating the work on the schemes as well. He said all possible assistance will be provided to the district government for the timely completion of the schemes.

The minster asked the transport department to conduct a feasibility study for the urban transport system. Further, the Communications and Works department instructed complete the survey and preliminary estimates for Faisalabad Ring Road.

He instructed that the Cardiology and Children hospitals schemes should be made part of the next annual development program.

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