SIALKOT
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid pledged to leave no stone unturned for the development of his native Pasrur city. He revealed that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had released a special grant of Rs50 million for the establishment of five-km-long protective dyke along the banks of Naullah Dek from village Chahoor-Pasrur to Jastiwala, (Pasrur tehsil). The protective dyke will save several villages along the banks of Naullah Dek in both neighbouring Sialkot and Narowal districts from the recurring flood threats.
He stated this while talking to a delegation of local traders, who called on him here.
Markazi Anjuman Tajraan Pasrur President Chaudhry Amjad Ali led the delegation.
The minister said that the project of establishing the protective dyke would be completed on war footings before the start of coming flood season to save hundreds of the villages from the flood disasters. Work of the project has been started, which has involved the district administrations of both Sialkot and Narowal districts.
The Federal Minister revealed that the Punjab Irrigation Department had also chalked out a project to establish 200-km-long protective dyke along Naullah Dek from the origination of Naullah Dek near Sialkot-Pakistan from India and to River Ravi. This project will cost Rs6 billion, as this project has been sent to the Punjab government for its final approval. He said that the federal government had also allocated special funds for establishing four new hostels at Sialkot Cadet College near Pasrur, as the Punjab government has also released special funds of Rs60 million for establishing new medical block at Pasrur THQ Hospital, Rs25 million for rectification of urban sewerage clogged system in Pasrur city.
The Federal Minister narrated that the Punjab Chief Minister had also approved the project of early establishment of Rescue 1122 at Pasrur, besides, allocating special funds for this purpose. He said that three main roads namely Sialkot-Pasrur Road, Kingra-Sialkot Road and Sialkot-Bhaagowal Road would be converted into dual carriage ways.
The Punjab CM has also released Rs90 million for shifting the local Sabzi and Fruit Mandi to the outskirts of Pasrur city.
Zahid Hamid disclosed that the government would soon establish as many as 500 fibre optic tele-centers across the Punjab to connect local urban and rural areas globally.
He inaugurated several development schemes including urban sewerage scheme and inter-city roads and Chawinda-Zafarwal Road (worth of Rs53 million).