LAHORE: Minister for Labour and Human Resource Raja Ashfaq Sarwar has said that work was underway on construction of residential colonies for the labour community.
He was reviewing progress in different development projects of the Punjab Workers’ Welfare Board (PWWB).
He said construction of a Labour Welfare Complex, Nankana Sahib, was in its final stages. The total cost of the project was Rs926.12 million, he added.
The project comprised 208 multi-storey flats, two boys’ and girls’ higher secondary schools with capacity to enroll 1,000 students each, a community hall, a main office and a mosque. He said sites had also been identified for construction of a 100-bed hospital, a commercial area and a daycare centre in future.
Sarwar directed officials concerned to make no compromise on quality of material used in construction and to ensure transparency in use of funds.
PWWB Secretary Shahid Zaman Lak told the meeting that construction of a Workers’ Welfare Primary School in Sher-i-Bangal Colony was in its final stage.
He said the project set to be completed at a cost of Rs185.46 million would have 50 classrooms, computer labs, a library, an art room and a playground. He said the school would be equipped with facilities to enroll 1,500 students.
PWWB works director Muhammad Mazhar told the meeting that the Workers’ Welfare Complex, Multan, was under construction at a cost of Rs3,017.85 million. He said 992 multi-storey flats and two high schools for boys and girls would be built under the project.
He said extension work at Workers’ Welfare Girls High School, Dandot, had been completed at a cost of Rs.46.78 million. He said the project featured construction of five new classrooms, computers lab, a library, an art room, an administrative block and a playground.
Labour Minister Raja Ashfaq Sarwar expressed satisfaction over the pace of work on various development projects and directed officials concerned to ensure provision of drinking water, electricity, sewerage and other basic facilities at the newly constructed colonies at the earliest.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 30th, 2016.
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