MULTAN: “As many as 542 projects for development of infrastructure are underway in Dera Ghazi Khan,” Commissioner Muhammad Yasrab said on Saturday. He was presiding over a meeting of the annual development programme monitoring team.
Addressing the session, the commissioner said Rs40 billion had been allocated for these projects.
“The government will not tolerate any compromise on quality of construction material. There will be no extension of deadlines for these projects,” he said.
“Those companies found delaying completion of projects will not be assigned any further projects,” he added. “If these companies fail to complete the projects on time, their contracts will be suspended and legal action will be taken against them.”
Yasrab said the district government officials should personally supervise development works in Dera Ghazi Khan Division.
“Some projects were delayed because there were no electricity connections in those areas,” he said. “There is no point in constructing buildings when necessary facilities are not available. These buildings will crumble to ruins if they are not made functional soon.” The commissioner said the district administration should maintain contact with the contractors till the projects were complete.
“All development projects should be free from flaw,” he said. He also ordered officials present to compile a list of schemes which had been not completed due to unnecessary delays.
The meeting was told that 199 projects for road repair and renovations of public buildings were underway. The meeting was further told that Rs38 billion was being spent on 257 schemes and more than 70 per cent work on these projects had been completed.
The commissioner was told that 86 new schemes had been planned for Dera Ghazi Khan, of which 60 were approved under the ADP 2015-16.
Superintending Engineers Sheikh Afzal Kareem, Sajjad Hussain Bhatti and Javed Bashir also attended the meeting.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 1st, 2016.