LAHORE - Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has announced to add the road development quota by 10 per cent to the share of South Punjab.

Presiding over a meeting on the implementation of Khadim-e-Punjab Rural Roads programme, the chief minister said South Punjab will get 10 per cent extra share in every development scheme as a step to bring development in urban and rural areas on even keel.

The Punjab government has allocated Rs150bilion for the next three years, during which thousands of kilometers roads would be construction to connect the villages with the markets. The programme has promised to not only facilitate transportation across the rural areas but also create countless jobs opportunities in transport and other allied areas.

“Punjab government holds development and prosperity of south Punjab in high priority,” Shahbaz Sharif said during the meeting.

The second phase of Pakian Sarkan-Sokhay Panday will be started in September and concrete blocks on the edges of roads and speed breakers near populated areas will be constructed in this phase. The targets of construction and repair of roads will be completed speedily in the second phase.

The CM warned that use of substandard material will not be allowed and stern action will be taken against any complaint. He directed that quality of construction material should be regularly checked.

“Khadim-e-Punjab Rural Roads programme will change the living style of the rural population and will equally benefit cultivators, workers, students and other people,” he assured.

Secretary Communication & Works gave a briefing on the pace of progress of Khadim-e-Punjab Rural Roads programme.