“Billions has been invested on the Ring Road project. Hence, its maintenance should be of utmost importance for the authorities concerned,” Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Friday.
He was presiding over a meeting of the Lahore Ring Road Authority (LRRA) at his Minar-i- Pakistan tent office.
He directed the LRRA to evolve a financial model to generate its own resources. The chief minister said that modern infrastructure promoted economic and commercial activities.
He said the government was spending billions of rupees on the construction and repair of the roads network.
He said that the northern loop of the Ring Road had already been completed and work will soon be initiated on its southern loop.
He said that the completion of northern section of the Ring Road was a remarkable achievement and hoped that so will be the southern portion.
He said two underpasses at Karrol Ghati and Bheni Road will be constructed at the Lahore Ring Road. He said modern traffic management system will be introduced on the road to ensure smooth traffic flow.
The chief minister ordered that all recruitment for Ring Road Police should be through the Punjab Public Service Commission. He said the new police force should be trained at the Motorway Police Academy.
He said a Rescue 1122 kiosk had been set up at Mehmood Booti Interchange and two ambulances had been provided for it.
He said the construction of the 3.1-kilometre road, joining the Ring Road to Ferozepur Road, at Khaira Distributory was also underway.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 21st, 2012.