Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Monday steps taken by the government to provide quality food items to citizens at reasonable rates during Ramazan had yielded positive results.
He was addressing a meeting of provincial price control committee through video link.
The chief minister said an effective system had been adopted to check quality and prices of essential items in Ramazan Bazaars. He said action was being taken against hoarders and profiteers.
The chief minister said elected representatives of the people and government officers should monitor prices and quality of essential commodities regularly. He said prices and quality of essential items in the open market should also be monitored.
Sharif said the government wanted to promote horticulture.
He said several projects in Lahore had been started to enhance the infrastructure.
He was presiding over a meeting to review Greater Iqbal Park project and Butterfly House in Jallo Park project.
The chief minister said more recreational facilities were needed in the province. Sharif said measures were being taken to upgrade parks in the province and make more recreational facilities available.
He said Greater Iqbal Park and a Butterfly House in Jallo Park were a part of the government’s plan to improve parks.
He said Greater Iqbal Park project would highlight the culture and historical heritage of Lahore.
The chief minister said several historical buildings of Lahore would be restored to their original designed.
Landscaping would also be carried out across the city to enhance and international-standard recreational facilities would be provided.
He said that the Butterfly House in Jallo Park would be a beautiful addition to the Great Iqbal Park and would promote tourism.
The chief minister said infrastructure projects in the Punjab had been improved through horticulture.
He said that the Azadi Chowk Flyover and other newly-completed infrastructure projects would also be beautified through horticulture.
He said highways could be made beautiful through planting trees and colourful flowers.
He said a strategy had been mapped out for promotion of horticulture. He said it was essential to control pollution and avoid littering.
Punjab Horticulture Authority Vice Chairman Iftikhar Ahmad said that the first butterfly house in the country would set up at Jallo Park.
He said butterflies from all over the world would be kept at the house.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2014.