MULTAN - Punjab Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif declared on Thursday that the work on Multan Metro Bus project will begin in new financial year (2014-15) and Rs32 billion will be spent on 32-km long route.
Talking to the journalists here at Multan Airport and addressing members of provincial and national assemblies at Circuit House, he added that the Metro Project would be inaugurated on August 14 and Rs32 billion would be allocated in the coming budget as estimated cost for the project. He added that the project would be accomplished within one year. “I’ve visited the route personally and it will offer a good facility to the people,” he added. The Chief Minister issued order for constitution of a four-member committee comprising two MPAs and as many MNAs for finalizing different proposals on the project. He assured that the transparency and quality would be ensured in Metro Bus project.
The Metro Bus route will run on two routes connecting different areas of the city like Bahauddin Zakariya University, Chowk Kumharanwala and BCG Chowk. The first route will cover a distance of 19-km and the citizens will be able to travel between Bahauddin Zakariya University and Gaddafi chowk via Gulgasht, Chungi No-6, Chungi No-9 and Khanewal Road. The other route will run between Chungi No-9 and BCG Chowk and it will be 9-km-long. Sources said that over 20 modern stations will be constructed for passengers on these two routes.
The CM claimed that Multan would witness a major boost in economic activity after completion of Metro Bus project as it would help labourers, lawyers, students and all others reach their offices in time. “This project will bring positive changes in the economy of Multan,” he added.
Referring to health projects, he declared that Rs270 million would be released for Multan Institute of Cardiology extension project while proposals were sought for establishment of cancer hospital in Multan. He added that a number of proposals for Cancer Hospital project were under serious consideration of Punjab Government. He made announcement for setting up a latest teaching hospital at Chowk Nag Shah.
Fulfilling his longstanding promise regarding declaring Multan big city, he announced that big city allowance would be paid to the government workers in Multan. He directed authorities concerned to stop construction of a plaza immediately as it created serious hurdle in traffic flow. He issued order for removal of all law officers from law office appointed during PPP regime.
The CM also chaired a meeting of top government officers including Commissioner Multan Division, Regional Police Officer, DCO and CPO. He hurled a serious warning to the officers, saying poor performers would be expelled from province and not just Multan district. He directed the RPO to take monthly meeting on law and order situation.
Earlier, the Chief Minister personally visited the proposed routes for Metro Bus project. He visited Chungi No-9 and Bosan Road route up to Emerson College first and then went to BCG Chowk via Chungi No-14. The Commissioner and DCO Multan briefed the CM on Metro project while the RPO on law and order situation. Parliamentarians from Multan including federal minister Sikandar Hayat Bosan, MNAs Javed Ali Shah, Abdul Ghaffar Dogar and Shaheen Shafiq, MPA Mian Shahzad Maqbool Bhutta and others were also present on this occasion.
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Staff Reporter adds from DG Khan: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif brushed the impression regarding a rift between government and Army aside, saying that there was close coordination between the government and Army. He declared that a network of development was being laid across the Southern Punjab to change the life of people of the region for better.
Speaking on the occasion, after the inauguration of Medical College here on Thursday, the Punjab CM said that with the establishment of medical college, patients were being provided with modern healthcare facilities, adding that to maintain transparency in hospitals, Turkish model would be replicated.
MNAs and MPAs including Dr Hafiz Abdul Kareem, Sardar Owais Khan Leghari, Sardar Amjad Farooq Khan Khosa, Syed Abdul Aleem Shah, Mrs Shehnaz Saleem Malick, Mrs Shamoona Ambreen Qaisrani, Sardar Javed Akhtar Lound, Sardar Jamal Khan Leghari, Mehmood Qadir Leghari, former MPAs Sardar Mir Badshah Qaisrani, Sardar Fateh Mohammad Khan Buzdar and other local chapter office-bearers of the PML-N were also present on the occasion.
The Punjab chief minister approved dual carriageway from Muzaffargarh to Dera Ghazi Khan and Dera Ghazi Khan to hilly resort Fort Minro on Multan Qila Saifullah section of this important inter-provincial highway, linking Balochistan with Punjab. Upon the proposal of MNA Sardar Amjad Farooq Khosa, the CM also approved the establishment of Daanish School at Taunsa Sharif.
Shahbaz Sharif also laid the foundation stone for the establishment of 350-bed teaching hospital to be comprised of eight different departments including neurosurgery, nephrology, burnt unit, dialysis centre, psychology, dermatology, Oncology and a Children Complex. The hospital would be completed with Rs900 million in three years.