LAHORE Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said despite cut in the provincial budget due to flood, work on such projects will be carried on as aimed to provide basic facilities to the people and his government will not let any shortage in the resources for these projects. He was addressing a joint meeting of administration and public representatives in Sahiwal on Saturday. The CM said those areas of the province would be given preference in the provision of development funds, which were more backward and poor. He announced development projects of billion of rupees for district Sahiwal on this occasion which included establishment of a medical college at a cost of Rs 1 billion, and Rs 500 million would be released immediately. He also announced laying of sewerage system at a cost of Rs 233.50m, and setting up of girls high school at a cost of Rs 120m in Sahiwal. He said 36 kilometre long dual carriage way was being constructed from Sahiwal to Pakpattan for which the Punjab govt was spending Rs 1.18bn, and a gymnasium is being constructed for citizens and government polytechnic institute for women at a cost of Rs 170m. He announced provision of funds of Rs 230m for construction and widening of road from Arif Wala Chowk to Adda-46. He announced that a cardiac unit would be set up in Tehsil Hospital Cheechawatni. He also announced establishment of Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education in Sahiwal. He directed district administration to shift existing grain market (Ghalla Mandi) and fruit and vegetable markets outside the city within a week. He said he would himself supervise the construction and pace of all development projects. Expressing his views on a briefing given with regard to law and order, the CM observed that accused involved in heinous crimes like kidnapping for ransom, dacoities and gang rapes were enemies of humanity and government was determined to purge the society of such elements. He directed district police that such culprits should be chased to other cities and provinces and should be brought to justice. At the end of his visit, Chief Minister laid foundation of Sahiwal Medical College and also inaugurated important roads being constructed under city package. When Shahbaz Sharif announced various mega-projects for Sahiwal at a crowded press conference, all participants warmly welcomed by clapping loudly. Journalists expressed their gratitude to the CM and said establishment of medical college, new sewerage system for the city, a degree college for girls and construction of underpasses and roads at various places would change the condition of the city. Meanwhile, banners were displayed in hundreds on important roads by citizens of Sahiwal, and they thanked the CM for initiating these projects.