Another deadline: Bab-e-Peshawar flyover to be completed in 120 days

Chief Minister Pervez Khattak vows to make Hayatabad a safe part


Our Correspondent June 17, 2015
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PESHAWAR:


Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has announced the construction of Bab-e-Peshawar flyover will be completed within 120 days.


The deadline for the mega project was announced during the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday. The event was attended by the chief minister, Minister for Local Government Inayatullah Khan and other government officials.

The two-level flyover project will be constructed on Hayatabad-Jamrud Road at the cost of Rs1.77 billion. “The provincial government has signed an agreement with National Logistics Cell (NLC), a construction company,” Khattak said. “Under the agreement, the project must be completed within four months.”

He said the provincial government will assign more projects to the state-owned company if it manages to deliver on time.

“The provincial government believes in transparency and that is why we have given the contract to NLC,” read a handout issued by the information directorate the same day.

Securing border areas

During the ceremony, Khattak vowed to guarantee security measures to ensure Hayatabad becomes a safe part of the city.

He ordered the local government minister to install CCTV cameras and provide phase-wise security to residents of Hayatabad over the next six months. “Action will be taken against relevant departments if security is not guaranteed in Hayatabad within six months,” he said.

Moreover, the chief minister urged relevant authorities to install street lights and security cameras in Hayatabad to restore the beauty of township.

Speaking on the occasion, the local government minister, who is affiliated with Jamaat-e-Islami, a coalition partner of the government, said they would restore Peshawar’s image as the “city of flowers”.

“For the first time in the history of the city, we have introduced a mechanical sweeping system,” he said. “The culture and history of the city will be [preserved].” The minister added a flyover on Charsadda Road would also be completed soon.

Big plans, big bucks

Khattak said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led government has decided to prioritise the Peshawar Uplift Programme (PUP) which was introduced by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government.

“Peshawar is our home and we will not compromise the beautification of the provincial capital,” he said.

“The flyover would reduce traffic jams in the area.” The chief minister pledged to complete construction of link roads and begin an air-conditioned bus service in the city after work on the flyover is completed.

He added Rs6 billion has been allocated for PUP under which the city’s routes will be extended, including GT Road. Furthermore, he claimed the PTI-led government will launch more anti-encroachment drives across the province and take action against the illegal occupation of property.

According to the information directorate’s handout, the chief minister said Rs34 billion was being spent on the beautification of the city to restore the city’s lost glory.

Transfer of power

Khattak criticised opposition parties for deceiving the people of the province. “Leaders of the opposition parties have failed to mobilise support in their favour,” he added.

According to the chief minister, the Punjab and Sindh governments have failed to devolve power to the grass-roots level.

“Only the K-P government has allocated a sizeable portion of the Annual Development Fund to the local government,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 18th, 2015.

COMMENTS (13)

Ibrahim Aurakzai | 5 years ago | Reply It was always a mess when we would come from school to home due to the sever traffic jam, it's good to see that attention was given to this matter by resolving it permanently. It is indeed a good step to eradicate the mass traffic there, there are still some places that are similar like this, i hope they will be given attention soon. There is another problem i see in the roads. Some roads are broken for important places, police stations which is ironic. Blocking roads for important places is the major cause of traffic and accidents. I hope if these can be resovled by the Government.
MB | 6 years ago | Reply Good step by the Govt. First 2 years the priority was to develop the institutions and invest on the basic needs like Health, Education, Security, Good Management. Some people criticise that PTI was opposing PMLN by doing such infrastructure development. But the truth is that infrastructure development is also necessary but not to avoid the basic needs. Punjab Police is the best example of it. The provincial govt. only investing in projects like Metro, and ignoring the basic needs. I am feeling lucky to have PTI Govt. in KP.
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