LAHORE - A meeting presided over by Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif yesterday decided to establish a horticulture and landscape training institute in addition to giving approval to plantation of trees along the 40-kilometer-long railway track from Shahdara to Raiwind as part of the beautification of the city.

On this said railway track recreational parks equipped with all facilities for the entertainment of children and the people of all ages, would also developed on both sides, the meeting decided.

The chief minister, who has vision to make Lahore one of the most beautiful cities in Asia, also directed the participating officers to take steps for setting up the state of the art recreational parks in other part of the city in addition to increasing the number of play grounds for every popular sport in the country. He directed the authorities to identify the places for setting up fruit gardens and orchards in the city as a part of the government plan to provide recreational enjoyment in a natural environment as well as to add to beauty of the city.

Along the 27 kilometer track of Lahore Orange Line Metro Train, which has about 25km elevated portion, the Chief Minister directed the PHA for working out a horticulture plan for the Project which has to address the pollution and greenhouse effect. He also gave approval to the project of horticulture and landscape training institute directed for whidh he added, a steering committee should be formed for this purpose to propose immediate measures for the institute.

The chief minister said the government is implementing a comprehensive programme for the promotion of horticulture in the province and development projects have been beautified through horticulture. He said in addition to controlling pollution, plants and flowers increase the beauty of cities.

He said that proper care of flowers and plants is also necessary and public awareness should be promoted in this regard. He said that the project of setting up digital libraries in parks should immediately be implemented and a plan should be formulated for establishing a digital library in every park of the province.

He said that playgrounds and recreational spots will be made in every area for promoting recreational activities among the youth. He directed that institutions concerned should complete the process of identification of land for new recreational spots as early as possible.

The meeting which also reviewed the matters regarding beautification of cities through horticulture and developing recreational places and new grounds for promotion of sports activities among youth, was also participated by Kh. Ahmed Hasaan, Commissioner Lahore Division, Vice Chairman Punjab Horticulture Authority Iftikhar Ahmed, Director General Walled City Authority, Secretary Housing, Director General LDA, Managing Director NESPAK, DCO Lahore and Director General PHA besides other concerned officials participated in the meeting from Civil Secretariat through video link.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that for a smooth development of the country both rural and the urban population needs to be brought at par and with this view, the Punjab government is implementing a balanced policy for the development of both areas.

He was talking to party legislators yesterday. He said in order to bridge the gap between the two areas, the government has allocated more resources for the progress and prosperity of south Punjab than the ratio of its population, and this part of the province is receiving special attention of the government in the development schemes. The object is to raise the living standard of the common man.

He said that the elements criticizing public welfare projects unjustifiably do not want development or prosperity of the people and they have been rejected by the masses in general elections of 2013 and local bodies’ elections as well. He said that the process of selfless service to the people will be continued more vigorously during the next two and a half years.

The CM expressed satisfaction that the government was fully benefiting from information technology for providing better services to the citizens. The IT is also helping in addressing complaints and immediate redressal of the problems. In view of this fact, he said, the scope of information technology is being expanded to government institutions for the benefit of citizens. He said that a new approach will have to adopted for serving the masses.

Meanwhile, Shehbaz Sharif presided over a high level meeting, here yesterday, which reviewed the pace of progress on public welfare projects. Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said that the government is implementing a comprehensive programme for the prosperity of the people and raising their living standard.

He said that government considers national resources as a trust of the people and spending them only on the betterment of the masses. Shehbaz Sharif said that culture of transparency and standard has been promoted in the implementation of projects. He directed that education, health and water supply projects should be implemented on priority basis.

Shehbaz Sharif said that expectations of the people will be fulfilled at any cost and commitment and dedication will have to be displayed for this purpose.