LAHORE – The City District Government Lahore is all set to welcome Turkish delegation led by Istanbul Mayor Dr Kadir Topbas which is scheduled to reach here today (Sunday).

The delegation is reaching provincial capital on the invitation of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. The Lahorities will accord a warm welcome to the Mayor. The visit of Mayor Istanbul will prove to be a milestone in promoting friendly relations between the two countries and with the visit of the Mayor, Pak-Turk friendship is taking a practical shape.

After reaching Lahore, Mayor Istanbul Kadir Topbas will call on Shahbaz Sharif after which, he will inaugurate Lahore Solid Waste Management Project in Town Hall. After negotiations with Turk companies, the cost of the project has been reduced, which is a proof of open love of Turk people with Pakistanis. Mayor Istanbul will be the chief guest in the cultural show and participate in different ceremonies. He will also inaugurate Bus Rapid Transit System Project at Ferozpur Road. It is first opportunity in the history of the country that this mega project is being launched in collaboration with Turk companies and people of Punjab are getting fruits of government efforts of the last three and half years.

According to the CDG officials, they had completed all arrangements to give a warm welcome to 24-member Turkish delegation which would stay in Lahore for two days. The officials said the CDGL had assigned duties to all major departments to decorate the City.

The official they had been engaged in meetings for preparation and decorating the city for last many days. District Co-ordination Officer Lahore Ahad Cheema during a meeting review the arrangements said all arrangements had been finalized to welcome Mayor of Istanbul.

According to the officials, during the 2-stay here in Lahore Turkish delegation would attend various functions. They said the Dr Kadir Topbas would inaugurate different development projects that had been launched with the technical and financial support of Turkish experts. They said the Mayor would also inaugurate cleanliness project of Lahore Waste Management Company.

The officials said the CDG would also hold a ceremony at Shalamar Gardens in honour of Dr Topbas. Almost all major roads of the City have been decorated with hoardings, billboards, signboards having pictures of Mayor of Istanbul Dr Kadir Topbas, Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, PML-N chief Mian Nawaz Sharif. Flags of two brotherly countries Pakistan and Turkey have also been hoisted on the polls on all major roads. The Park and Horticulture Authority has replaced the flower pots and placed plants at different crossings and roads of City.