SIALKOT

People including women and children have strongly protested against the illegal occupation of the building of Govt Girls Primary School Khambraanwala here by some local persons.

They staged a protest demonstration by wearing black arm bandages and chanted slogans. They demanded early retrieving of the school building from the grabbers. The protesters said that the grabbers had turned the school into cattle den for many years. The illegal occupants store fodder in the classrooms.

Thus, hundreds of girls students have to go to the surroundings areas’ private schools for getting education. The local people were of the view that they had repeatedly brought the nasty situation into the notice of the senior officials of Sialkot district administration and Education Department but to no avail.

The district administration remained unable to retrieve the school building from the occupants. The protesters including Sakeena Bibi, Allah Rakhi, Rukhsana Bibi, Bushra Bashir, Razia Bibi, M Iqbal, Ghulam Hussain, Nasir Mehmood, M Akbar, Bashir Hussain, M Yaseen, Allah Ditta and Mubashar Bashir expressed grave concern over the situation. They urged the Punjab chief minister to look into the matter. When contacted, EDO (Education) Yaseen Junaid Butt pledged early action against the occupants.

APPROVAL OF 994 BUILDINGS’ MAPS DELAYED: The maps and construction plans of 994 buildings for approval and clearance have been lying pending for a long time while the inordinate delay in this regard annoyed Gujranwala commissioner Division.

Shamail Ahmed Khawaja expressed dismay and grave concern over the inordinate delay in this regard. These cases had been lying pending due to non-provision of the needed documents by the owners.

Presiding over a meeting here to review the pace of development projects in Sialkot district, the commissioner directed Sialkot DCO Nadeem Sarwar and TMA officials to issue two-week long final notices to the owners of the said buildings for providing the needed documents.

He said that in case of failure of the owners in providing the relevant documents, the applications would be cancelled. He said that four proposals were under consideration for the early construction of a ring road around the Sialkot city.

He said that the project could cost Rs34 to Rs74 billion. He added that the construction of the much delayed project of main Sialkot-Daska-Gujranwala Road would be completed till March 30, 2015.