MULTAN

Punjab Minister for Housing Malik Tanveer Aslam Awan declared on Saturday that the Punjab Government would extend all out support for the accomplishment of ongoing development projects in Multan as well as launching of new ones.

Addressing a meeting held here at Commissioner’s office, he added that all hurdles in the way of Multan Master Plan 2008-2028 would be removed to bring this town on par with other mega cities. He directed the DCO to locate a patch of land for launching Ashiana Housing Scheme for the low-income citizens. He assured the district administration and local public representatives that the Punjab Government would extend maximum support for removing hurdles in way of development of Multan.

Earlier, briefing the minister, the DCO Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah told that after Islamabad and Karachi, Multan was the only city where a 20-year master plan was launched.

He added that the master plan was designed by NESPAK and it had been finalized by the government. He disclosed that the premises of Multan Development Authority had been extended to 700 squares km from previous 362 squares km. He said that the plan was distributed into four sectors that included Land Development and Infrastructure Growth, Housing, Industry and Commerce and Social Infrastructure. He further revealed that five major roads of the city would be widened in first phase while feasibility was being made for launching metro bus project.

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Talking to a delegation of Kissan Ittehad here on Saturday, the minister disclosed that talks with the Kissan Ittehad turned out to be fruitful and the government had decided to abolish all cases registered against farmers on non-payment of electricity bills. He added that the package announced for the farmers following talks would be fully implemented and the country would benefit from it at large.

He told the members of delegation that fine from the unpaid bills would be abolished and 10 or more easy instalments would be offered to the farmers for their convenience. He further revealed that soft loans would be given to the farmers while all out resources would be utilized to ensure availability of fertilizers and pesticides.

The members of the delegation lauded government’s efforts for uplifting agriculture sector and said that the farming community would also extend all out support to the government.