LAHORE - Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that billions of rupees have been spent on development and progress of southern Punjab.

“Mega development projects in southern Punjab are being completed at a great pace and I’m personally monitoring progress on them,” the chief minister said while talking to Minister of State for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Abdul Rehman Kanju who called on him here on Saturday. Political affairs and development and welfare projects in southern Punjab were discussed at the meeting.

Shehbaz said work on Rs23 billion Lodhran-Khanewal Road was under way at a fast pace. On completion, he said, this project would cut travel time between two districts of southern Punjab. He said a comprehensive project had been implemented to provide best medical facilities to people of that area.

Kanju paid tribute to the chief minister for mega development projects in southern Punjab. He said people of the area would get better health facilities after establishment of emergency health unit in Lodhran. He said the chief minister had always remembered people of southern Punjab for development and progress.

Also, Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif visited the Pakistan Kidney and Liver Transplant Institute and reviewed construction work on the project. He went to various parts of the under-construction institution and reviewed progress on the project.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister directed the authorities to speed up work on the first phase of the project and said this would be an exemplary project for the service of the distressed humanity and construction of this project would be completed within deadline. He said, “We have ensured speed and quality in all projects with transparency and this project should be completed in line with these principles.” He said the project would provide modern treatment to patients of liver and kidney in the whole region and the Punjab government was spending an amount of Rs19 billion on this project.

Earlier, Shehbaz presided over a meeting at the site office of the Pakistan Kidney and Liver Transplant Institute where he was briefed about the project. The chief executive officer of the Infrastructure Development Authority gave the briefing. Addressing the meeting, Shehbaz said the Pakistan Kidney and Liver Transplant was a landmark project; therefore, round-the-clock work should be done on the project and all efforts should be made to complete this project as per the deadline. He said it was a unique project, as it was a project of entire Pakistan. He told the authorities to do extensive plantation and landscaping for the first phase of the project. He said no parking area should be built in front of the institute in the first phase; the front area should be spared for emergency only. He said matters other than construction should be completed soon. He said the chief secretary, secretary for specialised healthcare and medical education and other senior officials should visit the site twice a week and review progress on the project. He said he will visit the project once a week. The chief secretary, chairman of planning and development, secretary of specialized healthcare and medical education, commissioner of Lahore Division and other senior officials were also present on the occasion.