SIALKOT   -   Deputy Commissioner Sialkot Maisam Abbas has said under the Punjab Intermediate Cities Improvement Investment Pro­gramme (PICIIP), the top prior­ity of the district administration is to complete the ongoing de­velopment projects in the city at the earliest.

He was addressing a meet­ing of the representatives of the National Engineering Ser­vices Pakistan (NESPAK) and contractor companies, partici­pating in the PICIIP, at the DC Office Committee Room. The meeting was attended by Ad­ditional Deputy Commissioner Finance and Planning Syeda Amina Maududi, Chief Engi­neer PICIIP Muhammad Akhtar Abbasi, Director PICIIP Asifa Khan, Senior Resident Engineer NESPAK Saifullah Amin, Deputy Director Development Abdul Rauf, XEN Public Health Engi­neering Department Abdul Wa­heed, AD Development Mohsin Ali Riaz, SDO Highway Saim Ali Khan and representatives of the departments concerned.

The DC said reconstruction of Defence Road, Khadim Ali Road and Jail Road was part of the PICIIP project, and the remain­ing works including carpeting of these roads, water supply and connection of sewerage lines would be completed this month. He said the monsoon rains and slow work on the project by the contractor of the PICIIP project led to delay in the project.

He said the main objective of the project was to complete world-class designed sewerage line and water supply projects in Sialkot city by the Punjab government in collaboration with the experts of Asian Devel­opment Bank and a treatment plant for reuse of waste-water for agriculture was also part of the project.

VISITS ALLAMA IQBAL LIBRARY

Deputy Commissioner Maisam Abbas visited Allama Iqbal Li­brary, Paris Road here on Sun­day. CEO Education Mian Riaz, DO Secondary Education Altaf Shaikh, DO Elementary Educa­tion Atta Elahi and Asif Bhalli Advocate were also present on the occasion. Talking to the citizens, the DC said the hall would be air-conditioned along with the renovation of library named after Allama Iqbal. He added that computers would also be provided to ensure access to the online library through the Internet. DO Sec­ondary Education Altaf Sheikh said that there were 35,000 valuable books in the library and dozens of citizens visit the library for their knowledge