Timely completion of uplift schemes govt priority: KP CM

Peshawar – Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan on Thursday termed timely completion of ongoing development projects in the province as an integral part of his government’s priorities and directed the quarters concerned to ensure physical progress on the projects of public welfare as per the stipulated timelines.

Presiding over a meeting to review progress on various development projects and public issues of divisional headquarter Abbottabad, the Chief Minister said that all relevant departments, entities and local administrations would have to fulfil their responsibilities well in time to complete the ongoing development projects so that the people could benefit from the projects without any delay. He warned that in case of unnecessary delay or negligence in the timely completion of public welfare schemes, strict action would be taken against the responsible ones.

In order to improve sanitation and solid waste disposal system in all major cities of the province, the Chief Minister directed the Local Government (LG) Department to prepare way forward to outsource the services of sanitation and waste disposal and management system.

Speaker KP Assembly Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani, administrative secretaries of concerned departments, Commissioner Hazara, Deputy Commissioner Abbottabad and other relevant officials attended the meeting. Briefing about the upgradation of District Headquarter Hospital Abbottabad, the forum was informed that the hospital has been upgraded from Category-B to Category-A Hospital and a project for the construction of new building of the hospital has also been approved.

Mahmood Khan further directed to resolve land issue for establishment of multipurpose international standard indoor gymnasium at Abbottabad and to immediately submit summary for the acquisition of land for shifting General Bus Stand and Sabzi Mandi Abbottabad outside the city.

It was decided in the meeting that as short-term measure, rehabilitation of main drain Abbottabad would be carried out through Irrigation Department whereas progress on other components of the project would continue under the long-term plan.

Similarly, the Chief Minister directed the authorities concerned to take immediate steps to resolve the issues of vehicular traffic in Abbottabad city. He said that a mass transit system for the cities of Abbottabad and Mingora was need of the hour to overcome traffic congestion issues of the cities.

Briefing about the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cities Improvement Project Abbottabad, it was informed that the project would be implemented with an estimated cost of Rs12,926 million. Major sub-components of the project include upgradation of Choona Water Treatment Plant, Gravity Water Supply Schemeand other initiatives.

It was told that under the project development of Urban Green Spaces and Parks would be completed soon whereas whole project would be completed in three years.

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