LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif presided over a meeting on Friday which reviewed infrastructure development projects especially Southern Ring Road project and conversion of streetlights to solar energy under a phased programme. The meeting gave approval in principle to converting streetlights to solar power in phases.

Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said that modern and quality infrastructure was essential for speedy development, therefore, Punjab government was spending billions of rupees on the projects for development of infrastructure in the province.

“Speedy and transparent completion of development projects is the policy of Punjab government. Means of communication are being improved throughout the province under a solid strategy as it is necessary for accelerating economic, trade and social activities,” the CM held.

The chief minister said that infrastructure development projects had been executed throughout the province speedily and due to timely and quality completion of mega projects of infrastructure development a new era of progress had started in the province.

The chief minister said that Lahore Ring Road Southern Loop project was of vital importance and there was a need for execution of this project speedily. He said that construction of Northern Loop of Lahore Ring Road had resulted in better transport facilities to the citizens.  Shahbaz Sharif said that maintenance of a high standard, transparency and speedy execution of development projects was the hallmark of Punjab government and no compromise would be made on the construction of Southern Loop of Lahore Ring Road as well.

LDA Director General Ahad Cheema while giving a briefing on streetlights programme in the provincial metropolis informed that a project has been evolved for setting up a separate solar park near Manga Mandi for the streetlights in Lahore. He said that the project will generate 20 megawatts energy.

Also, Shahbaz Sharif has said that protection of rights and provision of relief to the citizens is the responsibility of the state and the PML-N government will spare no effort for transferring the benefits of record decrease in the prices of petroleum products to the masses.

He was presiding over a meeting of Provincial Price Control Committee through video conference at Civil Secretariat here on Friday. The meeting reviewed the steps taken in the province for reduction in transport fares and the prices of essential items in the wake of decrease in the fuel prices and expressed satisfaction over the measures taken in this regard. Provincial Ministers Ch Muhammad Shafiq, Bilal Yasin, Dr Farrukh Javed, Chief Secretary and concerned secretaries attended the conference through video link.

Shahbaz Sharif said that effective steps would continue to be taken in future as well for reduction in transport fares and their monitoring would also be ensured.

He said that no compromise would be made on the measures for provision of relief to the citizens and no one would be allowed to exploit the people.

The chief minister said that the Punjab government had taken prompt steps and reduced transport fares at the same proportion at which prices of petroleum products had been decreased while instructions had been issued to provincial administration and police for taking action over violation of newly fixed transport fares.

Shahbaz Sharif directed that action be taken against Adda Managers for overcharging and they be arrested for charging more than the fixed transport fares. He directed that effective steps of the Punjab government in this regard should be continued as people could not be left at the mercy of profiteers.

The chief minister directed that Provincial Price Control Committee should review the measures being taken for reducing transport fares and the prices of essential items on daily basis and all necessary steps should be taken in this regard.

The meeting was informed that 155 persons were arrested for overcharging yesterday while 530 vehicles were impounded and a total fine of Rs 1.4 million was imposed on the violators.