DERA GHAZI KHAN: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Thursday laid the foundation stone of the Sardar Fateh Muhammad Khan Buzdar Institute of Cardiology, announcing that the 200-bed hospital will be completed at a total cost of Rs4.28 billion.
While speaking on the occasion, the CM said that Rs3 billion will be spent in the first phase for the construction of eight medical departments and other facilities over an area of 44 kanals in two years. “However, a 100-bed facility will be made functional in the first phase,” he added. He maintained that such a modern medical facility, which will benefit patients from all the four provinces, should have been established years ago as it would also help to lessen the burden on the hospitals in Lahore and Multan.
“It is the gift of the PTI government for south Punjab and public welfare projects will be completed on a priority basis along with the provision of other necessary facilities,” he asserted.
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“The establishment of a cardiology institute in DG Khan was a dream of my father Sardar Fateh Muhammad Khan, which is materialising today,” the CM stated. “I am the voice of all the people living in backward areas, including DG Khan, and their development projects are
being completed under my supervision,” he added.
Speaking while laying the foundation stone of a modern intercity bus terminal project, the CM said it will benefit the passengers travelling to and from a number of cities besides resolving the 15 years old traffic gridlock issue.
“The latest building will be constructed and will have all the necessary facilities, including security and fire alarm system, bus sheds, signboards and sound system,” he said.
The chief minister also laid the foundation stone of beautification and expansion of the 1.5 kilometres long Sangam Old Daat Bridge. He said on the occasion that the expansion will facilitate millions of citizens besides resolving a decade-old traffic congestion problem in DG Khan.
“This project will be completed in one year to ease the traffic movement with Balochistan and Sindh,” he highlighted.
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The CM also unveiled the plaques of several development projects for DG Khan at the commissioner’s office. Inaugurated a project of a three-spur structure, he said, “This project will save different localities, including Chak Raman, Gajjani, Kotwala and Mauza Bait Alam, from the devastation of flood besides saving animals and crops,” he said.
He maintained that after the 2010 floods, the adjacent localities on the right side of Sindh River were facing a looming floodwater threat. “The spur structure will also decrease the breach of adjoining canals,” he remarked.
The CM continued that an inverted hockey-type embankment will be constructed along Gajjani and J-Head type spur will be constructed along Bait Alam and Kotwala roads.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 15th, 2020.
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