Development budget: Half of Punjab’s spending concentrated in Lahore

Rs70 billion of Rs250 billion budget spent, Rs31 billion on Metro Bus Service.


Our Correspondent March 03, 2013
2011-12: 150b rupees of the Rs220b ADP of the last fiscal year was spent.

LAHORE:


The Punjab government has spent just Rs70 billion of its Rs250 billion development budget for fiscal 2012-13 in the first seven months of the year, around half of it in Lahore alone, The Express Tribune has learnt.


Under finance rules, the Punjab government should have spent around Rs145 billion on development by the end of January, but had only spent Rs70 billion. Of this, Rs34.19 billion was spent on projects in Lahore, the vast majority of it, Rs31 billion, on the Metro Bus Service.

A senior Finance Department official said it was normal for utilisation of the Annual Development Programme (ADP) to remain low in the first six months of the financial year, and for spending to pick up in the remaining six months. He said that the low utilisation was due to the poor financial position of the province.

Last year, the Punjab government utilised only Rs150 billion of the Rs220 billion ADP presented for 2011-12.

In Lahore in 2012-13, apart from the spending on the Metro Bus Service, the Punjab government has spent Rs1.65 billion on the Kalma Chowk underpasses and Rs540 million on the Model Town underpass. Another Rs1 billion came out of the provincial kitty for the purchase of 100 buses, originally meant to be plied on the MBS corridor, but later given to girls colleges.

Other notable expenses included Rs4 billion for the procurement of 100,000 laptops, which are being handed out to students who perform well in exams. The Energy Department spent Rs2.5 billion on solar lamps, being handed out to 240,000 students under the Ujala programme.

Around Rs1.447 billion has been spent on the Pirwadhai Mor underpass and flyover project.

Another Rs1.25 billion has been spent on the Abdullahpur underpasses in Faisalabad, which involved the construction of three underpasses beneath the Tariqabad bridge leading to Chak Jhumra Road.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 3rd, 2013.

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COMMENTS (38)

Ishratullah | 8 years ago | Reply

I appreciate Shahbaz Sharif for his wonderful projects done all over Punjab and wish him to be the next Prime Minister of Pakistan. guys don't criticize the good job done in Pakistan. Long term investments are important in building the nations. No body is criticizing Federal Govt of wasting huge money on Benazir Income Support Program at the cost of other development projects of ERRA.

grace | 8 years ago | Reply

The CM of Punjab has done development work in Sialkot, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Multan and Bahawalpur; in all of Punjab's cities. I think people are just jealous of the work done in Punjab. I would rather have a CM like Shahbaz Sharif who gets things done unlike other politicians who just take money and do nothing.

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