LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has said the government has adopted a comprehensive strategy for providing better transport facilities to the masses and in addition to import of CNG buses, local buses would also be used for this purpose. He also ordered launching of school bus service for the students of backward areas. He directed that encroachments be removed immediately from all areas of the province while effective measures should be taken for beautification of Lahore. The chief minister stated this while addressing a high level meeting held to review various projects regarding provision of better transport facilities to the masses, removal of encroachments as well as transformation of Lahore into the City of Gardens. Khawaja Ahmad Hassan, Haroon Khawaja, DG LDA, Secretary Transport and Consultant PHA Mustafa Kamal were also present on the occasion. The chief minister said that best operators would be selected for improving as well as running public transport system so that modern transport facilities could be extended to the masses. He directed to expedite import of CNG buses from China and said that standard and durability of the buses should be checked prior to their import. He said that 25 per cent subsidy would be given by the govt on the import of CNG buses, as it would help check environmental pollution as well. He said that order for the purchase of 400 to 500 local buses be placed till the import of CNG buses from China so as to solve transport problem of the citizens. He said these buses should be acquired as early as possible and plied on the roads and well-reputed companies be engaged in this project. He said that advertisement should also be given in the print media for this purpose. The chief minister said that the main responsibility of Punjab Horticulture Authority is beautification of the city rather than to mar it through installation of billboards. He said that PHA will now resume the project of transformation of Lahore into the "City of Gardens" and trees would be planted at all public places, offices as well as highways. He also issued orders for improving performance of the PHA. He directed DG LDA to remove illegal plazas and encroachments immediately and a transparent policy should be adopted in this regard. He also said that trees are not felled during construction of buildings. He said that a lenient view should be taken about vendors during removal of illegal encroachments. He also directed to conduct audit of the PHA. He also issued instructions regarding expressways as well as other projects.