LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said comprehensive long-term planning should be made for the promotion and conservation of forests while provision of facilities to the tourists should be ensured in Murree after evolving a comprehensive plan, says a handout issued here on Monday.
He said funds worth millions of rupees had been provided for checking the landslide, repair and maintenance of roads, provision of a modern hospital, construction of parking plazas, development of parks and provision of other tourist facilities in Murree. He said all the development and construction projects should be executed according to the schedule and third party evaluation should be conducted for ensuring quality and standard in the development work of all the projects.
He expressed these views while talking to the members of steering committee constituted for execution of development schemes in Murree. Head of the steering committee Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, Muslim League leader Raja Atique Sarwar, Secretary Communication & Works Major (r) Azam Suleman, Secretary Forests Babar Hassan Bharwana, Secretary Tourism Amir Asharf Khawaja, Secretary Health Fawad Hassan Fawad, Commissioner Rawalpindi Zahid Saeed, DCO Imdad Ullah Bosal and other concerned officers were also present on the occasion.
The chief minister said Murree is an important tourist place and the government under a comprehensive planning is making all out efforts for maintenance of environmental standards and natural beauty of Murree. He said projects of a 100-bed modern hospital, construction of parking plazas, swift wheel train and installation of cable car will result in provision of better facilities to the tourists and the people of Murree.
He directed that measures should be taken in the light of blue book prepared by the Swiss experts for checking landsliding in Murree and the project should be taken as a bench mark for stopping landslide in Kashmiri bazaar.
He said the secretary tourism should immediately handover the consultancy work regarding preparation of master plan for beautification, renovation and construction of public parks in Murree to a renowned firm.
He further said the pace of identification work to get the forest land vacated from illegal occupants should immediately be completed. He said approval would be granted immediately to the Board of Management for the establishment of modern resource center and digital library in Murree and Rs.25 million had been allocated for this project in Annual Development Programme of the current fiscal year.
Head of steering committee set up for development projects of Murree, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi MNA informed the chief minister that work of repair and maintenance of the majority of roads in Murree had been completed. He further informed most of the work on 7-KM road from Bansra Galli to Jhika Galli, 3-KM road from Jhika Galli to Lower Topa and rehabilitation of 9-roads in the vicinity of Tehsil Municipal Administration Murree had been completed while the work on rehabilitation of 28-KM road from 17-miles on Main Rawalpindi-Murree-Kashmir Road to Bansra Galli will be completed by December this year.
Similarly, the work on Jhika Galli to Bhoorban Road will also be completed before Eid-ul-Fitr. He told the chief minister that construction work was hindered due to rains in the months of April, May and June. However, he said, all the departments had been directed to expedite the pace of work for the execution of all the ongoing development projects in Murree to meet the target.