Launch of dairy sector economic impact study

LAHORE (PR): Dr Abid A Burki, Professor of Economics at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), and his team have carried out a comprehensive economic impact study titled “Pakistan’s Dairy Sector: Lessons from the Past to Build a Resilient Dairy Industry.”

This evidence-based sector study is the first for which state-of-the art measures of impact assessment have been employed on a longitudinal (panel) survey data. A key focus has been to highlight the impact of milk supply chain of UHT milk industry on productivity and welfare of smallholder dairy producers.

The formal launch of this study, to be held at LUMS on Wednesday, June 01, 2016, will coincide with the World Milk Day. All sector stakeholders, private and public, as well as from the center and provinces are being invited.

It will be a unique opportunity for all stakeholders to meet on one platform and exchange thoughts on both the study findings and on various issues pertaining to the sector.

 LDA to carry out Rs252m project

LAHORE (PR): Lahore Development Authority will carry out remodeling and improvement of five traffic junctions along Maulana Shoukat Ali Road, besides construction of eight U-turns along Khayaban-e-Firdousi, Khayaban-e-Jinnah and near Karim Block Market Allama Iqbal Town, at a cost of Rs252 million.

Maulana Shaukat Ali Road is a major structural plan road connecting southern part of the city with Multan Road, Motorway and vice versa. After construction of new link through Punjab University from Canal Bank to Multan Road, there is an immense increase in the traffic pressure at junctions of Maulana Shaukat Ali Road especially from Jinnah hospital to Akbar Chowk.

The project includes remodeling of five of junctions from Jinnah Hospital to Akbar Chowk, along Maulana Shoukat Ali Road and covering of 1005 meters long drain along Maulana Shaukat Ali Road at these junctions.

Traffic congestion problems have also been observed along Khayaban-e-Firdosi from Shouk Chowk to Shaukat Khanum Hospital intersection.

Construction of four U-Turns along Khayaban-e-Firdousi, two U-Turns along Khayaban-e-Jinnah, one U-turn near Karim Block Market and another U-trun at short of Roundabout at Kharak Drain will also be carried out under this project.

This project for the remodeling of junctions and construction of U-turns will be executed for facilitating smooth flow of traffic and avoiding long queues of vehicles in the southern part of the provincial metropolis, especially around hospitals near these locations.

Another objective is to improve the environmental conditions by reducing the greenhouse gasses and noise generated due to the traffic blockage specifically near Jinnah Hospital Chowk and Shaukat Khanum Hospital Chowk.