Wheat storage: Shahbaz to inaugurate the largest grain silos in south Punjab

Commissioner Muhammad Yasreb says the silos will store up to 0.1 million metric tonnes of wheat

Our Correspondent January 24, 2016


Some of the largest wheat silos in the province will soon be inaugurated at Mana Ahmadani, Dera Ghazi Khan, Commissioner Muhammad Yasrab said at a meeting at the Buildings Department on Sunday. The silo has been built at a cost of Rs320 million and would have the capacity to store 0.1 million metric tonnes of wheat, he said.

The storage tower has been constructed under the Punjab Grain Silos Project.

The commissioner said that some of the machinery for the silo was being tested and heavy generators and transformers would soon be installed.

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif will inaugurate the silo, Commissioner Yasrab said. He told district authorities to complete the arrangements for the chief minister’s visit.

A portion of the Fort Munro Saddar tehsil headquarters hospital would be opened for patients soon. The commissioner said the hospital would cater to tourists as well as residents of the area. He told the authorities overseeing construction of the hospital to open an Emergency Ward and to start an emergency service as soon as one block of the hospital is constructed.

Commissioner Yasreb said the government was looking for a suitable piece of land to build a Child Protection Unit on. He directed DCO Nadeemur Rahman to oversee the process of deciding on a plot of land for the Child Protection Unit. He said the project would have a massive impact on the residents of Dera Ghazi Khan. The unit will be built at a cost of Rs150 million.

He said work on upgrading six out of eight groups of teaching hospitals was underway. The commissioner said a Rs1.75 billion would be spent on the construction and repair of Ghazi Medical College and the teaching hospital.

The participants of the meeting were informed that work on 171 development projects costing Rs10 billion was under way in the division. He said 10 of the projects had been completed, 85 projects worth Rs7.95 billion were underway, and 86 new projects would be initiated soon. The participants were told that the chief minister had granted approval for 54 projects.

The participants of the meeting had a long drawn conversation on the on-going development works in the division.

DCO Nadeemur Rahman, Coordination Additional Commissioner Qazi Zafar Iqbal, Development Director Anum Hafiz, Hafiz Shaukat Ali and Rana Gulzar attended the session.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 25th,  2016.


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