Four projects of colleges in Sialkot districts have been left incomplete due to shortage of required funds, it is learnt. 

The construction of new building of Govt Islamia College Mitraanwali-Daska has been lying incomplete for the last four years due to the funds paucity.

The Daska Buildings Department had started the project in 2010 with estimated cost of Rs15 million. However, almost 50 percent of the construction work was complete. The college management hold classes at the laboratory room. The present building of the college has already been declared dangerous, thus the old classrooms were being kept locked by the college management to avert any untoward incident.

Local people including Ghulam Mustafa Aasi, Haji Aftab Azhar Sayyan, Muhammad Iqbal and Tariq Mehmood have expressed grave concern over this critical situation. They urged Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to ensure early completion of the building.

Meanwhile, another fiscal year has passed and the Punjab government has not released the needed funds to complete construction work of two government girls degree colleges that were named after the PML-N leaders Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif.

About two years ago, the Punjab chief minister had laid the foundation stone of the building of Govt Nawaz Sharif Girls Degree College Sialkot along the main Sialkot-Pasrur Road on April 25, 2012. The project had to be completed within a stipulate period of one and half years with total estimated cost of Rs120 million. Thirty five percent construction work is complete while the rest was lying incomplete due to the funds paucity.

According to officials of the Education Department, the main reason behind this inordinate delay in completion of the project is non-availability of the funds. Daska tehsil, the building of the recently established Govt Shehbaz Sharif Girls Degree College Jaamkey Cheema in Daska tehsil has been lying non-functional due to the funds shortage.

The chief minister had announced the establishment of the college in December 2009 with estimated cost of Rs67.783 million while the construction was to be completed in December 2011 in a stipulated period of two years. A period of four and half years has passed but the construction work has not yet been completed.

When contacted, District Officer (Colleges) Shamas Malik said that the situation had already been repeatedly brought into the Education Department high ups’ notice for the early release of the needed funds. He said that no funds have yet been released for the purpose. He said only Rs2.5 million was needed to complete the construction.

Early release of the needed funds would be helpful in re-start of the suspended construction work, he said. Expressing grave concern over the situation, the local people urged the government to take serious notice and ensure the early functioning of the college.