BAHAWALPUR- Bahawalpur Commissioner Saqib Zafar has expressed strong displeasure over the delay in the completion of 14 development schemes here.

Twelve schemes worth Rs410 million are being completed by the Cholistan Development Authority and 2 schemes worth Rs210 million by Bahawalpur Development Authority. The commissioner warned that strict disciplinary action would be initiated against the officials tasked with ensuring timely completion of development projects. These schemes are aimed to extend high quality infra-structure to provide facilities for the people. He issued these directions while presiding over a meeting to review the pace of development of various projects in the three districts of Bahawalpur Division.

The meeting was briefed that under the annual development programme, 230 development projects were being completed by spending a massive development funds to the tune of Rs10 billion and 530 million. The meeting was further apprised that government has allocated development funds to the tune of Rs2 billion for the new development schemes.

The meeting was briefed that government has earmarked massive development funds for the ongoing development schemes which were at different stages of development.

These projects include 49 schemes of road sector with total allocation of Rs2,7497 million, 21 of higher education projects of Rs1,745 million, 11 schemes of modernising sports infrastructure with Rs466 million, 31 schemes of Cholistan Development Authority of Rs2,716 million, 200 projects of Bahawalpur Development Authority with funds of Rs46,030 million and 7 schemes of forest department worth Rs385 million.

The meeting was briefed that the government has released development funds earmarked for this current year to rapidly complete these public welfare projects.

The commissioner emphasised a need to sharpen the pace of development work on the projects by having close vigil by the quarters concerned to ensure high quality standard of development work. He further directed to ensure the timely completion of these projects and be handed over to the departments concerned to ensure civic amenities.