The pre-feasibility study of Peshawar Uplift and Beautification Programme was approved after a high-level meeting held with Chief Minister (CM) Pervez Khattak at CM Secretariat on Saturday.
On the occasion, the participants were briefed about the programmes chalked out for the beautification and development of the provincial capital, stated an official dispatch. Widening of main roads on the model of Islamabad and Lahore and launching 26-kilometre long mono-trains and bus services under the proposed mass transit system have been approved, among other mega projects for development of the metropolis.
Similarly, a number of projects such as construction of roads, bridges, parks, walking tracks, multipurpose sports stadiums, supply of clean drinking water, drainage, streamlining traffic, plantation, and rehabilitation of cultural heritage of the city are in the pipeline. The programme also includes a number of measures aimed at security enhancement of the city and installation of security gates with sensors at all major entrances to Peshawar. Practical work will be started after the final feasibility report is completed within a couple of weeks, said the handout.
Khattak said the projects might cost trillions of rupees, but funds will be made available for it and, hence, scarcity of resources will not be a hurdle. The CM said Peshawar was always the ‘City of Flowers’, stressing its historical glory must be revived at all costs.
Focal Person of the Peshawar Uplift Programme, Coordinator Mega Projects and Adviser to CM Ziaullah Afridi, Adviser to CM on Investment and Economic Development Rafaqatullah Babar, Secretary Local Government Hifzur Rehman and senior officials of Peshawar Development Authority, Municipal Corporation, divisional and district administration were in attendance.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 16th, 2014.