Peshawar - Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has expressed concerns over the slow pace of work on the up-gradation of Arbab Niaz Cricket Stadium and directed the quarters concerned to immediately suspend the concerned Executive Engineer and Sub Divisional Officer and conduct an enquiry against them.

He also directed to take stern action against the concerned contractor, adding that action may also be initiated against the relevant officials of the Sports Department as per the report of the Monitoring and Evaluation Department. The Chief Minister also expressed concerns over the delay in the implementation of the Safe City Project Peshawar and directed to hold a special meeting of relevant higher authorities to this effect.

He issued these directives while chairing a meeting on Tuesday to review progress on Mega Development Projects in various sectors. Additional Chief Secretary Shahab Ali Shah, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Administrative Secretaries of concerned departments and other relevant officials attended the meeting.

Briefing the meeting about progress made so far on various developmental projects, it was informed that Administrative Approval had been accorded for the acquisition of land for the 30KM long Dir Motorway Project whereas section IV would be imposed on the proposed land after the alignment of the project is finalized.

Similarly, a work order for Patrak – Thall – Kumrat Road Project would also be issued within the next one and half months. Briefing about the development projects in the health sector, it was informed that the establishment of Taimergarah Medical College had been completed adding that classes would also be commenced from the new academic year.

Besides, under the project revamping of non-teaching DHQ Hospitals, procurement of equipment for the hospitals had been completed partially whereas outsourcing of various non-clinical services of these hospitals had also been completed.

Similarly, various healthcare facilities of merged areas have been outsourced which were now functional with emergency and OPD services. Under the project for the establishment of twenty-degree colleges in the province, sites have been identified for 18 colleges.

Mahmood Khan expresses concerns over slow pace of work on upgradation of Arbab Niaz Cricket Stadium, directs to suspend concerned Executive Engineer

It was told that the PC-I for Timergarah Water Supply Scheme had also been cleared from PDWP and submitted to the planning commission of Pakistan for final approval.

Regarding progress on Water Supply Scheme, it was told that the Shakardara portion of the Shakardara Water Supply Scheme would be completed by December this year.

The Chief Minister on the occasion directed the concerned authorities to start physical work on Swat Motorway Phase-II Project within a week. He also directed the Secretary of Communication & Works to visit the ongoing road projects in District Dir and submit him a detailed report to this effect. He termed the Peshawar to D.I Khan Motorway Project as of vital importance for the development of southern districts and said that all available options would be utilized for the implementation of this mega project.

He also directed the officials of the Agriculture and Live Stock Department to complete all the arrangements for the commencement of classes in Live Stock University Swat by September this year. He directed the Senior Member Board of Revenue to initiate homework to give the status of districts to Tehsil Wari and Tehsil Alai.

The Chief Minister further directed all the administrative secretaries to ensure the completion of all ongoing projects within the stipulated timelines further directing them to start the process for recruitment of staff and procurement of equipment for the hospitals, schools and colleges with 75% physical progress on civil work of the projects.

He said that all administrative secretaries would have to perform as per the expectations of the government and people to ensure the timely completion of the development projects of public welfare in the province. “In case of the unnecessary delay in completion of development projects, the concerned administrative secretaries would be held accountable”, he added.