LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed the departments concerned to ensure timely completion as well as a high standard of execution of development projects. He said that the culture of work on development projects during night should be promoted on the pattern of developed countries, and a number of mega projects are being executed in the province for accelerating the pace of development and socio- economic uplift of the masses. He also ordered a crackdown against Qabza Groups and said that a special cell has been set up at Chief Ministers Secretariat for monitoring this process. The Chief Minister directed officers of Communication and Works Department, Parks and Horticulture Authority, Revenue and other departments to repeat the performance of 1998 and ensure execution of development schemes in the minimum time period. He said a high standard of development projects should be maintained at any cost, and transparent utilisation of every penny of public money was being ensured and third-party audit policy was strictly being implemented. An effective strategy should be adopted for the beautification of cities and maximum number of parks should be developed for providing recreational facilities to the people. Provision of healthy and clean atmosphere to the citizens is among the priorities of the government and all possible measures are being taken in this regard, he said, while directing that a comprehensive programme should be evolved for improving sanitary conditions in the cities and solid waste management department should improve its efficiency. He said that billions of rupees were lost in the past due to delay in the completion of development projects, but now this trend would not be tolerated and quality completion of development projects should be ensured for the provision of better faculties to the masses as soon as possible. The projects of construction of parks and provision of recreational facilities in less developed areas should be completed on priority basis, he added. The CM issued instructions for launching a vigorous campaign against Qabza groups throughout the province, and observed that such elements deserve no leniency and action should be taken against them without any fear or favour. The state land should be recovered and utilised for the welfare as well as provision of recreational facilities to the masses. Officers concerned should submit detailed report to him on regular basis about the action taken against Qabza groups, directed the CM.