PESHAWAR - The pre-feasibility study of Peshawar beautification and widening of the main roads on the pattern of Islamabad and Lahore, launching mono-train and bus services on 26km to meet two ends of the city for quick public transportation under the proposed Mass Transit and other mega projects for the development of the provincial metropolis has been completed.

Practical work on the same would be started after the final feasibility report is completed within a couple of next weeks and similarly, a number of related projects for the construction and repairing of roads, bridges, parks, picnic spots, supply of clean drinking water, drainage, streamlining the traffic system, plantation and rehabilitation of the cultural heritage of the city costing trillion of rupees are in pipeline under the Peshawar Uplift and Beautification Programme.

The programme also includes a number of measures aimed at security enhancement of the city and installation of security gates with sensors at all the major entrances of the city. Widening of the main roads of the city with green belts on both sides, construction of parks, water parks, walking tracks, multipurpose sports stadiums and cycling tracks in the city are the other main components of the programme.

All this was disclosed in a high level meeting held to review the Peshawar Uplift and Beautification Programme with KPK Chief Minister Pervez Khattak in the chair at the Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar. The meeting reviewed threadbare the pace and quality of work on the ongoing projects under the programme and its various aspects wherein a number of important decisions were made.

Besides, focal person of the Peshawar uplift programme, Coordinator Mega Projects and Advisor to Chief Minister Ziaullah Afridi and Advisor to Chief Minister on Investment and Economic Development Rafaqatullah Babar, Secretary Local Governmant Hifzur Rehman and high-ups of PDA, municipal corporation, divisional and district administration, other concerned departments and consultants attended the meeting.

Pervez Khattak asked for making the plan comprehensive and starting work on it, assured that funds all funds are available for it and hence scarcity of resources anyway must not be hurdle in this regard. He said Peshawar remained city of flowers and gardens and we had to revive its historical glory at all costs.

On this occasion, the participants were briefed about the programmes chalked out for the beautification and development of the capital city. It was told that in connection with widening the highways of the city, the Jamrud Road would be widened to three lanes from Karkhano to phase- III Hayatabad intersection with service lanes in front of markets lying on the road, and similarly, the service road from G.T Road to Jamrud Road will be restored in its original shape with two meters foot-paths on both sides for pedestrians and separate cycle lane of eight to ten feet.

Likewise, BoIT has started work on laying carpet road for rapid bus service from Nasirpur GT Road to Karkhano Hayatabad that will be completed in one year with estimated cost of Rs25m. About 30 rapid buses will start journey every five minutes on this route that will reach end points in 45 minutes only while ambulances will be also allowed on it. Similar will be the case with mono-train or bus service to be launched on specially allocated lane on each side of GT Road.

In addition, special provision will be made for bus stops, traffic signals/sign boards and pedestrian crossings, including level crossing, zebra crossing and pedestrian overheads at every suitable point on all the roads in the city.

Regarding the measures for the beautification of canals passing through the city, it was informed that footpaths and walk ways would be constructed and benches fixed on the banks of canals to turn them into recreation spots for the locals and to this effect design has been prepared in collaboration with the irrigation department.

Similarly, food courts will be set up in various places of the city especially on canal banks while spots have been identified for the purpose.

 In order to improve the municipal services in the city, sanitary vehicles, machines and other equipments will be provided to 25 urban union councils of Peshawar. Rusty and old pipelines of drinking water supply system would be replaced besides ensuring the chlorination to ensure the supply of clean drinking water to Peshwarites while public toilets will be constructed at various places of the city.

To promote tourism, ferry service would be launched on Kabul River from Sardaryab to Kund. Racetrack would also be built in Hayatabad for youth. Similarly, ladies clubs with gym, indoor games, covered swimming pool, movie theatre hall and sitting spots would also be set up for women folk.

With the view to streamline the traffic system of the city, separate Transport Engineering and Planning Unit will be set up. In addition Bus Terminal, General Bus Stand, Charsadda Bus stand and Kohat Bus Stand would be upgraded to provide modern facilities of transport to the masses. The authorities assured the chief minister that all the process of feasibilities as well as timely and quality completion of these mega projects would be ensured with a missionary zeal.