Corruption in Punjab: govt view

However, the government has ensured to make its development projects free from corruption for which the report of Transparency International is a clear proof.

In the last four years not a single case of corruption has been pointed out in Punjab, though corruption of the previous government, in every sector, appeared as a big hurdle when the PML (N) came to power.

The chief minister has tried to ensure merit and transparency in all government sectors. The Punjab government has completed many mega projects of public interest, including Ashiyana Housing Scheme, Daanish School System, medical colleges at Gujrat, Gujranwala and Sialkot, as well as promotion of information technology by setting up IT university and distribution of laptops among students.

Moreover, the government has made provisions for domestic and foreign scholarships for students from endowment fund, foreign study tours for position-holders and self-employment schemes.

It is worth mentioning that the corruption done by an individual cannot be heaped upon the whole government system. With the ongoing work of anti-corruption department, the Punjab chief minister has also established the CM’s complaint cell and the CM’s special inspection team to make such culprits accountable.

Reports published by foreign organisations have also declared Punjab as the most transparent province of the country. Continue reading

Flyover : commuters’ ordeal for ninety days starts on 9th

RAWALPINDI: The groundbreaking ceremony of 6th Road flyover project would be held on September 9 as the construction work of the project would be started from September 8. All traffic signals on Murree Road from Chandani Chowk to Cricket Stadium Road would remain closed for 120 days, which is completion period of the project, while the traffic load of the busiest road of the town would be diverted to other roads under a comprehensive traffic plan chalked out by Islamabad Traffic Police.

The citizens have also been urged to cooperate with the departments concerned and the traffic police staff so that the project could be completed smoothly and efficiently within prescribed timeframe. This was decided in a meeting held under the chairmanship of District Coordination Officer (DCO) Saqib Zafar in his office. The meeting was attended among others by MNA Malik Ibrar Ahmed, Punjab Highways Superintendent (Engineering) Farhat Munir, City Traffic Officer Syed Ishtiaq Shah, ADC-G Saif Anwar Jappa, Rawal Town SP Chaudhry Muhammad Hanif and the officers of NLC, the contractor company.

CTO Syed Ishtiaq Shah and Highways SE Farhat Munir briefed the meeting about the traffic plan and the details of the project. The traffic plan was approved in the meeting that traffic of Saddar to Faizabad would be diverted to other roads, mainly to Chandni Chowk, National Market, Saidpur Road, IJP Road and Double Road. Similarly, the traffic coming from Faizabad to Saddar would be diverted to Farooq-e-Azam Road, Kurri Road, Gaiy Wala Chowk and Chandni Chowk and Murree Road.

It was also decided that traffic police and Punjab highways would jointly prepare direction boards, parking boards and direction banners that would be placed on both sides of Murree Road for the guidance of commuters. Rawal Town TMA staff would remove encroachments from Saidpur Road, Kurri Road and Sadiqabad while the fork lifters of traffic police would lift parked vehicles on these roads and no commuters would be allowed to park their vehicles on these roads. This exercise would be carried out in three months, which is the stipulated period for the completion of the project.

It was also decided that the project of Pir Wadhai underpass and expansion of Chur Chowk Road would also be started soon after the completion of 6th Road flyover. MNA Malik Ibrar Ahmed informed the meeting that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has approved record funds of Rs 1.78 billion for the development of Cantonment Board areas. The completion of the project would help minimise the traffic problems on Peshawar Road and fulfillment of longstanding demands of the residents of Cantonment Board areas. He further said that he had carried out record development projects in Cantonment Board areas in his constituency during the last four years. The pace of development work would also be continued in future, he added. app Continue reading

Pirwadhai Mor Flyover and Underpass approved

RAWALPINDI – In order to ensure the smooth flow of traffic, the Punjab government has approved the Pirwadhai More Flyover and Underpass project which would be launched next month.

The flyover and underpass project would be constructed in phases and will be completed in 120 days each. Moreover, the Planning & Development Department of Punjab has approved Rs 1,617 million for the project.

A meeting in this regard was chaired by P&D Chairman Aslam Javed and attended by Superintendent Engineer C&W Farhat Munir, SDO Navid Ashraf, Brigadier Shahid Manzoor of National Logistics Cell (NLC) and other officials.

Engineers believe that the traffic between Rawalpindi-Peshawar would become signal free with the completion of the project and will significantly resolve traffic issues besides adding to the beauty of the city. Construction work on the 567-meter long bridge, Pirwadhai More Flyover, and 445-meter long underpass is expected to start in October. The NLC, an army-run contractor, would build the project that has already constructed Chandni Chowk Flyover.

Traffic coming from Peshawar to Rawalpindi will use the flyover while traffic heading towards IJP Road from the city would use the underpass. Continue reading

Work on the project to kick off on Monday

Rawalpindi

The Punjab government has finally released funds for construction of the Rehmanabad-Sixth Road Flyover and work on Rs1.042 billion mega development project would kick off on September 9.

The project is scheduled to be completed within 120 days.

From September 8, the Benazir Bhutto Road from Chandni Chowk to Double Road would be closed for all kinds of traffic. All vehicles would be diverted to alternative routes as per the traffic plan chalked out by the Rawalpindi Traffic Police (RTP).

The citizens were requested to cooperate with the concerned departments and the traffic police staff so that the project could be completed smoothly and on time.

The decision to this effect was taken in a meeting chaired by District Coordination Officer (DCO) Saqib Zafar here on Thursday. The meeting was attended by MNA Malik Ibrar Ahmed, Superintendent Engineer (SE) Punjab Highways Farhat Munir, CTO Syed Ishtiaq Shah, ADC (G) Saif Anwar Jappa, SP Rawal Town Chaudhry Muhammad Hanif and officials of the NLC.

City Traffic Officer (CTO) Syed Ishtiaq Shah and SE Punjab Highways and Roads Farhat Munir briefed the participants of the meeting on the traffic plan and details of the project. Continue reading

Development schemes worth Rs24.03bn approved

LAHORE, Sept 6: The Punjab government has approved 17 development schemes with an estimated cost of Rs24.034 billion.

The approval was given in a meeting of the Provincial Development Working Party which was presided over by Planning and Development Board Chairman Javaid Aslam here on Thursday.

According to a handout, the approved schemes include Pakpattan Canal and Sulemanki Barrage Improvement Project (PCSBIP) Tranch-3 of PIAIP at a cost of Rs9,231.90 million, Lahore Ring Road (Package-3C) construction of an underpass at Karol Ghatti on Ring Road at a cost of Rs735.111 million, Lahore Ring Road (Package-12 A) construction of an underpass at Bhaini Road on Ring Road at a cost of Rs533.316 million, construction of Metro Bus Transit System for Lahore-Ferozepur Road Corridor, Erection of escalators and platform screen doors at MTS Stations Package-IX (Revised) at a cost of Rs3,430.905 million.

Widening and improvement of road from Badiana-Bhagowal-Merajke-Charwa Road (length 27km) Sialkot district at a cost of Rs319 million, Feasibility study for the construction of a bridge on the Ravi at Qutab Shahana in Sahiwal district (Topographic Survey, Model Study and Soil Investigation etc) at a cost of Rs9.78 million, Construction of an underpass along the canal at Abdullahpur Chowk, Faisalabad, at a cost of Rs1127.762 million, Surveying, soil investigation, feasibility study and detailed design etc. of the proposed bridge over the Indus in Layyah district at a cost of Rs17.56 million.

Widening / improvement of Qaziabad MM Road to Nawankot and provision of missing links (length 33.07km) in Layyah district at a cost of Rs247.294 million, Construction of a bypass for Khanpur City from Pakistan Chowk to Grid Station (length 9.5km) Rahim Yar Khan district at a cost of Rs301.353 million, Improvement/rehabilitation of MM Alam Road from Husain Chowk to Main Boulevard, Gulberg, at a cost of Rs404.46 million, Construction of a flyover at Peshawar Road near Pirwadai, Rawalpindi, at a cost of Rs1,617.992 million.

Construction of a high-level bridge over the River Jhelum at Langarwala Pattan to Sahiwal in Sargodha/Khushab district (Re-Construction of connecting road (length 10km) at a cost of Rs302.810 million, Construction of road from Qadirabad to Pindi Bhattian via ChakChatta in Hafizabad district (length 66.55km) at a cost of Rs715.588 million, Widening/improvement of the road from Adda Jahan Khan to Kotala Jam via 36 WalaKhokha and Samlanwala Mor (length 22km) in Bhakkar district at a cost of Rs252.406 million.

Dualisation of the road from Arifwala to Bahawalnagar Road Reach Km No 24 to 40.93km (length:16.93km) Bahawalnagar district at a cost of Rs569.239 million and widening/improvement of the road from Bahawalpur Bypass to Chungi No 9, Multan, and (length 5.21km) in Multan City (Revised) at a cost of Rs4,217.986 million.

DHA: court sets aside a previous order

RAWALPINDI, Sept 6: A division bench of Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday suspended the order of a single bench that declared illegal the acquisition of 9,996 kanals of land for DHA phase II extension in different villages, including Daducha where the Punjab government had planned to construct a water reservoir for the garrison city.

In an earlier decision LHC Justice Shahid Saeed on June 21, while hearing 20 petitions of affected villagers, had set aside the acquisition of land in the areas of Kahota, Kallar Syedan and Rawalpindi tehsil by Punjab government in 2006, for Army Welfare Housing Society later DHA.

The single bench declared the acquisition as unlawful because there was no public purpose involved in obtaining the land saying the land was only being obtained for DHA that is a housing scheme eyeing only on profit.

LHC division bench comprising Justice Maqbool Ahmed Bajwa and Justice Ali Baqir Najafi on Thursday issued the notices to the respondents, including the Punjab government and the federation and sought their replies and adjourned the hearing till second week of October.

According to the DHA counsel Mohammad Ilyas Sheikh, the 20 petitioners instead of seeking relief from the civil court in the matter related to land dispute, directly filed the petitions in the high court and the single bench without keeping that aspect in mind, declared the acquisition illegal.

He said the acquisition can only be challenged under the section 18 of the land acquisition act (LAC) in the civil court because the petitioners were seeking compensation and after the decision of the civil court they could file an appeal in the LHC.It may be pertinent to mention here that the Punjab government already decided to construct a dam at the Daducha about 11 years ago to provide 25 million gallons daily (MGD) water to Rawalpindi and had allocated over Rs7 billion for the project.

The project was abandoned in 2005, when the DHA and Bahria Town acquired the land for DHA phase II extension proposed for the dam around the Daducha village and they asked the Punjab government to construct the dam about 3 kilometres upstream to its original site because they wanted to use the water from Daducha dam as well.

DCO Rawalpindi Saqib Zafar, when contacted said that the court order would not hinder the construction of the dam because the competent authorities had finalised the project.

He, however, said that in order to stop the encroachment and construction of the housing society in the area, he had imposed section 4 and 144 in the Daducha and nearby areas. Continue reading

Benazir Bhutto Road to be closed on Sunday

RAWALPINDI, Sept 6: The City District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR) will close Benazir Bhutto Road from Chandni Chowk to Shamsabad on September 9 due to construction of 6th Road Flyover.

This was decided in a meeting presided over by District Coordination Officer (DCO) Saqib Zafar at his office. MNA Malik Ibrar Ahmed, Superintendent Engineer (SE) Punjab Highways Farhat Munir, City Traffic Officer (CTO) Syed Ishtiaq Shah, ADC (G) Saif Anwar Jappa, SP Rawal Town Chaudhry Muhammad Hanif and officials from the National Logistics Cell (NLC) were also present.

Traffic signals will be closed for all traffic on Benazir Bhutto Road from Chandni Chowk to Cricket Stadium Road. Citizens have been requested to cooperate with the departments
concerned and traffic police officials so that the project could be completed smoothly and efficiently.

CTO Syed Ishtiaq Shah and SE Punjab Highways Farhat Munir briefed the meeting on the traffic plan and other details of the project.

Under the plan, traffic commuting from Saddar to Faizabad would be diverted to Farooq-i-Azam Road from Chandni Chowk, and those vehicles coming from Islamabad and heading towards Saddar will use IJP Road.

Rawal Town Municipal Administration (RTMA) staff will remove encroachments from Saidpur Road and Kurri Road, Sadiqabad while traffic police fork-lifters will lift parked vehicles.

No vehicle will be allowed to park on these roads.

This exercise is to be carried out for three months which is the predetermined period of time needed to complete the project.

It was also decided that the Pirwadhai underpass project and the expansion of Peshawar Road will be initiated soon after the completion of the 6th Road flyover.

MNA Malik Ibrar Ahmed informed the meeting that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had approved record funds of Rs1.78 billion. The project will help minimise traffic problems on Peshawar Road and fulfill a longstanding demand of residents of the cantonment areas. — Aamir Yasin Continue reading

Work on Mandra-Chakwal highway inaugurated

GUJAR KHAN, Sept 6: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is committed to ushering development and resolving the public’s problems.

Elected representatives of the rival parties have been concentrating on strengthening their families and have neglected the uplift of Gujar Khan.

This was stated by Raja Jawaid Ashraf, patron in chief of the PPP Gujar Khan chapter, during a public inauguration of the Mandra-Chakwal highway project at Jatli village in Gujar Khan tehsil on Thursday.

The event was also attended by MPA Raja Tariq Kiani, Brig (retired) Raja Khurram Pervez Ashraf and former MPA Mohammad Hassan.

He went on to say that the dualisation of Mandra-Chakwal highway would herald a new era of development in Gujar Khan and Chakwal areas, and road users within the area will not only have direct access to the motorway but also to the new airport near Fatehjang.

The project will be completed at the cost of over Rs400 million.

Raja Jawaid Ashraf said the PPP was a genuine representative of the masses and that the party had offered unparalleled sacrifices – from Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to Benazir Bhutto – and that its leadership is committed to strengthening Pakistan.

Raja Khurram Pervez Ashraf said Raja Pervez Ashraf had brought an era of regional uplift to Rawalpindi and particularly Gujar Khan.

Since then Mr Raja has held a keen interest in the area and after assuming the office of prime minister, he continued to follow through on his promise of regional development by allocating funds to the construction of a dual carriageway between Gujar Khan and Chakwal. He said the project will accelerate industrial and economic activity within the region.

Former MPA Brig M. Hassan, Raja Shahjehan Sarfraz, District President PPP Chakwal Raja Tariq Kiani and Raja Mohammad  Nazar of Chakwal also spoke on the occasion. Continue reading