LAHORE - During his one-day visit to South Punjab, Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif inaugurated a new industrial estate in Rahim Yar Khan yesterday.

“This development will accelerate economic and trade activities and provide an opportunity to the businessmen and industrialists of South Punjab to expand their business,” the CM said while addressing the participants of the inaugural ceremony.

Shehbaz Sharif said that the first phase of industrial estate has been inaugurated while the second phase will also be completed this year.

“The Punjab government has fulfilled longstanding demand of the people of South Punjab by setting up industrial estate in Rahim Yar Khan ,” he said, adding that huge funds have been spared for this project.

The CM was hopeful that the industrial estate will provide opportunities to traders and businessmen to promote their business while job opportunities will be available to the locals.

Counting his party’s feats in developing infrastructure of the country, Shehbaz Sharif stressed upon the masses to block the way of elements resorting to enmity to the country. “If the CPEC projects are stopped due to the anarchy and chaos the protestors will not be able to escape the wrath of masses,” he warned.

“Now when the process of development and prosperity of the country is speedily in progress, some elements fond of sit-ins, are again trying to create confusion and anarchy in the country,” Shehbaz said, adding that these elements are against progress and uplift of the masses.

Shehbaz Sharif announced more electricity supply to Rahim Yar Khan industrial estate, and said that industrialists should set up their industries there. He further assured that they would be provided all-out facilities.

Stressing that early elimination of energy crisis is of vital importance for speedy development, the chief minister said that work is in progress expeditiously on 1320 megawatt coal power plant in Sahiwal.

He added that 200 megawatt electricity was available due to solar energy project in Bahawalpur while solar projects of 500 megawatt more solar energy will be established at the beginning of 2017.

Besides CPEC projects, Shehbaz said, 3600 megawatt gas based power projects are also being set up in Punjab under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. These projects are being established at Baloki, Haveli Bahadur Shah and Bhikki and will be completed by 2017.

Provincial minister Ch Shafiq, President Chamber of Commerce and Industry Rahim Yar Khan Sheikh Ammad-ud-Din, Acting Chairman PIEDMIC Rizwan Khalid Butt and a large number of people were present on the occasion.

The chief minister was informed in the briefing that there are 311 plots in the industrial estate and the setting up of industrial units will provide direct employment opportunities to 30 thousand persons and indirect job opportunities will be provided to one hundred thousand persons.

Referring to Panama leaks, Shehbaz Sharif said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has written letter to Supreme Court for the formation of the inquiry commission and his sons will answer to the commission.

However, he said that those elements who got their loans written off and looted public money should also be subjected to accountability.

Later, he visited Kh. Ghulam Farid Engineering and Information Technology University Rahim Yar Khan and inspected its various sections. He directed that new building should be provided to the students at the earliest.

Addressing the students of the university, the chief minister said that he was personally supervising the work regarding the university. He urged the students to utilise all their energies for progress and prosperity of the Pakistan.

A student while talking to the chief minister said the students could not even think that Chief Minister of a province would visit their classroom. He said they were happy on the arrival of Shehbaz Sharif.

The Chief Minister visited different parts of the university and reviewed the pace of work and directed that new building should be handed over to the students at the earliest.