Local parliamentarians, financial tycoons and Commissioner Gujranwala Division jointly laid the foundation stone of Baab-e-Sialkot project during a ceremony held at village Ghueinki-Daska along the Sialkot-Daska Road on Wednesday.

MPAs Muhammad Ikram, Mohsin Ashraf. Muhammad Asif Bajwa, Nadeem Ghauri, Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Dr Sarfraz Bashir, Sialkot International Airport Chairman Sheikh Muhammad Yaqub,  and others were also present.

Addressing the participants, Commissioner Khawaja Shamail Ahmed said that the design of “Baab-e-Sialkot” was as per the culture of Sialkot and it reflected the regional history. He said it would increase the beauty of Sialkot city, leaving the fresh and eye-catching impacts to the visitors while entering into “the land of the exporters”.

The commissioner said that it would reflect the Sialkot’s historical perspective, culture, heritage and its global industrial significance, besides, opening the new vistas of socio-economic and human development in the region. He asked the Sialkot businessmen to come forward to play their role in the beautification of Sialkot.

The management of City Housing Scheme Sialkot will establish the gate on self-help basis. The management also announced to adopt all the government schools and health dispensaries to serve the local people by providing them with the quality education and better healthcare.

He said that eight such gates would be established at different main parts of Gujranwala Division during the next six months in active collaboration of the local business tycoons and philanthropists.

He told the participants that the Punjab government had approved the project of upgradation of 400-bed Govt Allama Iqbal Memorial Teaching Hospital Sialkot to 1,200 beds and released a special grant of Rs2 billion for the purpose under the Annual Development Programme. He added that different mega development projects worth of Rs45 billion were under completion in Gujranwala Division.