PESHAWAR - Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has formally approved three new projects to be implemented under the Peshawar Uplift Programme Phase-II in addition to directing the district administration to launch a grand and strict crackdown against professional beggars throughout the province.
Chairing a meeting regarding Peshawar Uplift Programme Phase-II, the chief minister directed the concerned high-ups to ensure timely completion of the Hayatabad trail and other ongoing schemes under the scheme. He further directed them to have a proper maintenance and management plan to make these initiatives worthwhile and sustainable.
The chief minister directed the district administration to take pragmatic steps to discourage and root out professional beggary which has become a nuisance not only for locals but also for people visiting the provincial capital. Provincial Minister for Finance & Health Taimur Jhagra, Minister for Local Government Faisal Amin Gandapur, MPA Pir Fida, Additional Chief Secretary Shahab Ali Shah, and other concerned officers attended the meeting.
While briefing the chief minister about the progress on the ongoing projects under the Peshawar Uplift Programme, it was informed that the designing and planning of 20 various schemes have been completed and approved whereas tenders of these schemes would also be floated soon.
According to details, 6 Km long Hayatabad trail would be completed at an estimated cost of Rs 803 million which would have state-of-the-art recreational facilities including jogging & cycle tracks, green belts, public toilets, tuck shops, kid zone, sit-outs, open gym, amphitheatre, badminton & basketball courts, library, ladies gym, skating area etc. It would be a unique trail of its kind having four entry points at different sites connecting all the phases of Hayatabad.
Other projects under the programme include Iqra Chowk (Island-1), Pak Avenue on University Road, Park Avenue from University Town to Teegah Chowk, Park Avenue (road from town entrance till Iranian Consulate), beautification of Palosai Road intersection, beautification of Palosai Road from University Road to Peshawar Zoo, uplifting of University Road from KTH to University Model College and establishment of park/playgrounds at Umar Gul road.
Similarly, conservation and preservation of Agriculture Training Institute, Mahafiz Khana and Government Hasnain Shaheed School No 1 would also be carried out through the Archaeology Department. Besides newly identified schemes to be executed in the second phase include rehabilitation & uplifting of Kabali Gate to Qissa Khwani Bazaar, Qissa Khwani Bazaar to Chowk Yadgar to Ghanta Ghar, Andar Shehar Bazaar, Road from University Model College to Karkhano Market and establishment of Parking Plaza in Khyber Teaching Hospital.
The chief minister on the occasion also directed for the uplifting of Scheme Chowk, Bacha Khan Chowk, Charsadda Road, entry points of Shahi Bagh and uplifting of all entry points to Peshawar