LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif yesterday ordered suspension of Chief Executive Officer of Lahore Parking Company for his failure to achieve the target of proper parking facilities in the city.

Expressing dissatisfaction over the performance of the parking company during a meeting of LPC board of directors through video link, the CM said that substantial progress was not made during the last one a half years towards provision of parking facilities to the people. No practical effort was made for construction of parking plazas even at the sites identified for this purpose, he added.

The chief minister said that purpose of Lahore Parking Company is to provide better facilities to the citizens. He said that his mission is to facilitate the masses and no laxity will be tolerated in this regard.

CM Shehbaz also said that the work of automation of parking places has also been slow.

“The Lahore Parking Company authorities are fully empowered; however, measures were not taken to provide proper parking facilities,” the CM said and directed that the company should work actively for ensuring parking facilities to the citizens.

Kh Ahmed Hassan, Hafiz Muhammad Nauman, Secretary Local Government, Commissioner Lahore Division, DCO Lahore, DG Lahore Development Authority and Board of Directors of Lahore Parking Company attended the meeting from Civil Secretariat through video link.

Separately, the CM expressed his strong indignation over misappropriation of medicines in District Headquarters Hospital Sheikhupura and ordered stern action against the persons involved.

He said that medicines worth billions of rupees provided to government hospitals should reach the patients at any cost and misappropriation of drugs procured with national resources will not be tolerated. He directed that entire system of supply of medicines to hospitals, their stock in store and distribution among patients should immediately be digitalised and steps should be taken on emergent basis for this purpose.

He also ordered action against Dr Kazmi, the then medical superintendent of the hospital who issued written orders for the appointment of honourary dispenser.

He further directed the authorities concerned to set up an inquiry committee headed by Chairman Chief Minister’s Inspection Team and comprising senior officers of police and Health Department, seeking report within 48 hours.