Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif arrived at the Multan airport on Thursday morning to inaugurate the metro bus project in Multan. He said the metro bus will cover 30 kilometres. He said he had approved the cost of the project, which was Rs30 billion. He said he had ordered that it be completed as soon as possible. He said it would be inaugurated on August 14, 2015. He also said that Rs270 million had been allocated for the extension and development of the Multan Institute of Cardiology.
Earlier, Multan DCO Zahid Saleem Gondal briefed treasury parliamentarians from Multan about the execution of the project.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf women’s wing in south Punjab organised a protest during the chief minister’s visit demanding that Multan be declared a ‘big city’.
Sharif was also asked why some development projects in Multan had been suspended. He responded that those had been initiated without adequate planning. He added, however, that these would not be abandoned. He said he would take up the matter with the federal government.
The chief minister also announced that the government was considering building Punjab’s largest cancer hospital in Multan. He said an announcement in that regard would be made later. He said no development project would be initiated without proper planning.
The chief minister also visited a hospital built in Muzaffargarh by the Turkish government.
During the chief minister’s visit, 400 residents of Turkish Colony protested against the government. They demanded provision of electricity and drinking water in the colony, which has been built for the flood affected. They alleged that the government was not addressing their grievances.
Sharif ordered the Muzaffargarh DCO to resolve the issue within 24 hours. He ordered that tubewells be installed according to the residents’ demands. The protesters dispersed after they were assured that the district administration would provide tube wells and transformers for their colony.
Sharif also inaugurated the Dera Ghazi Khan medical college. He said it would be based on the Turkish model. He said medical services would be provided in south Punjab transparently and efficiently. He also briefed the media and members of the Provincial and National Assemblies on development projects underway in Dera Ghazi Khan division.
The chief minister approved two-lane highways from Dera Ghazi Khan to Fort Munroe and from Dera Ghazi Khan to Muzaffargarh. He allocated Rs5 billion for the project. He said that a chair lift project in Fort Munroe should be completed expediently, which would further its popularity as a tourist site.
Sharif also laid the foundation stone of a neurosurgery ward, burn unit and a children ward at a teaching hospital in Dera Ghazi Khan.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 6th, 2014.
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