LAHORE: Ghazi Road Interchange Ring Road (Package-11) is an addition to the modern facilities provided to the citizens and aims to facilitate those travelling to Defence, Cantt and the adjoining areas as well as GT Road, Faisalabad, Sheikhupura Road and Motorway, said Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sahrif on Sunday, during the inauguration ceremony of the interchange.
MNAs Khawaja Saad Rafique, Mian Marghoob Ahmad, MPAs Mian Naseer Ahmad, Ajasam Sharif, Ramzan Saddique Bhatti, Dr Asad Ashraf, Dr Saeed Elahi, Haji Allah Rakha, Ejaz Ahmed Khan, Communication amd Works secretary, Lahore commissioner, National Logistics Cell sector incharge and other concerned fficers were also present on the occasion.“Ghazi Interchange is an excellent project which will greatly help in streamlining the flow of traffic,” the CM said, adding that the development projects executed in the current government’s tenure were unique with regards to their high standard and transparency. He said that all-out resources had been allocated for the uplift and welfare of the people and the government had promoted a culture of transparency in the province while the graveyards of corruption of the past have been turned into monuments of progress and development.
The CM said that transparency was a hallmark of the Punjab government and timely and quality completion of development projects was being ensured across the province while every penny of public money was being utilised in a transparent manner. “Corruption and misappropriation of funds in the name of development schemes has become a thing of the past and all uplift projects completed in the tenure of the present government are a masterpiece of architecture and comparable with works of the developed countries,” he said.
He added that special attention was also being paid to the uplift of backward and remote areas and development projects in these regions were being completed on priority basis. He said that a flyover costing Rs 670 million had recently been inaugurated in Bahawalpur. He said that a third-party audit system was being strictly implemented for ensuring a high standard of development work and transparent utilisation of funds. He appreciated the performance of NLC Sector Incharge Brigadier Shahid Majeed and PHA Director General Abdul Jabbar Shaheen regarding the high standard of construction work and horticulture of the project.
Later, while talking to media, the CM said every possible effort was being made to maintain law and order in the province, however, there was always room for improvement and sincere efforts were being made in this regard.
He said that Pakistan was passing through the most crucial phase of its history, adding that both internal and external enemies were bent upon damaging the country. Therefore, he said, the time has come that we become united to foil their nefarious designs. He said that it was his earnest prayer in the holy month of Ramazan that may God make Pakistan a haven of peace, progress and prosperity.
Replying to a question, the CM said that matters were in doldrums with regards to the devolution of departments to the provinces in the wake of 18th Amendment. He said that despite setting up a special committee under the chairmanship of federal petroleum minister, no progress had been made in this direction. He said that he had also talked to the prime minister regarding this issue during the meeting of the Council of Common Interests.
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