BAHAWALNAGAR/TOBA TEK

SINGH/HAFIZABAD/CHINIOT

A total of Rs583.47 million will be spent on the construction of six rural areas roads under the Punjab Chief Minister Rural Roads Program which was inaugurated in the district here on Sunday.

Bahawalnagar DCO Haider Iqbal inaugurated the programme held at Fordwah Bridge’s turn. On the occasion, the DCO said that Rs15 billion would be spent on the construction of 2,000 Km long roads across the province under the programme. He informed that construction of 6 roads would be completed in the current year with estimated cost of Rs560 million in Bahawalnagar.

Giving details about the roads to be constructed in the district, he said that a 18-km-long carpeted road from Fordwah Canal Bridge to Bonga Machi via Rojhanwali, from Sikandar Bridge and Jhulan Arain will be completed with the estimated cost Rs112 million.

Similarly Rs94.6million will be spent on the construction and widening of 15-km-long road from Donga Bonga to Hazoor Singh via Roda Singh. On the occasion, a large number of people including public representatives and government departments officers were also present on the occasion.

In Toba Tek Singh, the Punjab CM Rural Roads Programme was inaugurated here on Sunday. MPA Mian Rafiq and MPA Amjad Javed kicked off the programme in Chak 347/GB. The road will connect Chak 288/GB with Rajana and will be competed at a cost Rs75 million. On the occasion, SDO (Highways) Tahir Hussain briefed that the carpeted road would be 12-ft wide and 14 more roads would be built in different areas of district at a cost of Rs382 million. Assistant District Collector (ADC) Zeeshan Shabbir Rana, EDO Finance Rai Wajid Ali and DO Planning Muhammad Shahid were also present on the occasion.

In Chiniot, DCO Shaukat Khitchi along with MNA Qaisar A Sheikh and MPA Maulana Rehmatullah jointly inaugurated the construction work on Aminpur to Jani Shah Village on Sunday which will be completed under Punjab Rural Roads Program Phase I.

Addressing to ceremony, the DCO said that the 19-km-road would be repaired, widened and carpeted with a cost of Rs100 million while another 14-km-long road leading from Kaloka to Barana would also be constructed under the program.

The Punjab Highways department will complete both projects within five months. MNA Qaisar A Sheikh said that not only 500,000 people would be benefited from these roads but also people of the adjoining areas would get quick access to the city.

In Hafizabad, while inaugurating Khadim-e-Punjab Rural Roads Programme, Secretary Cooperatives Babar Hayat Tarar and former Federal Parliamentary Secretary Mian Afzal Hussain Tarar said that the Rural Roads Programme was aimed at providing better communication facilities to rural folk in the province.

They jointly laid foundation stone of 12-km-long Hafizabad-Nanoaana Road which would be started from Hafizabad-Sheikhupura Road from near Bhoon village at a cost of Rs79 million. They said that the road would be carpeted and would facilitate villagers to bring their food products to the nearest market beside education and health facilities at their doorstep. Beside, 16.70 km road from Rasulpur Tarar to Raja Tarar would also be carpeted during the current year at a cost of Rs117 million.

Prominent among those who attend the function included MPAs - Malik Fiaz Ahmad Awan and Asadullah Arrain, Assistant Commissioner Pindi Bhattian Saroosh Fatima and other government officers.