CHIEF Minister Shahbaz Sharif approved development projects, including Azadi Chowk Flyover, alternative route to Circular Road, Qainchi Flyover, General Hospital U-turn, Chungi U-turn and directed to initiate the work on these projects on priority basis.
He approved these projects while presiding over a meeting of the governing body of Lahore Development Authority, here Thursday.
The chief minister approved funds of more than Rs 12 billion for the projects and directed that resources be utilised on public welfare projects as a sacred trust. Granting approval to the setting up of a separate company for LDA and issuance of bonds, he observed that it would help in the capacity-building of LDA. The meeting decided to maintain the quota for widows and heirs of the martyrs in the LDA housing schemes. He approved the plan of setting up of regional offices of LDA in the other cities.
Addressing the meeting, he said that keeping in view the demands of rapid urbanisation, a future strategy be evolved while in addition to Lahore, regional infrastructure plan should also be evolved for Sheikhupura, Nankana and Kasur districts and planning should be made for supply of potable water and drainage and sewerage facilities to meet the future needs. He issued instructions to remove flaws in the housing bylaws in Punjab and directed that comprehensive rules and regulations be framed in this regard. He said that besides parking facilities, due attention should also be given to traffic management. He directed that installation of LED lights and solar panels be made compulsory for the construction of new plazas and a separate business plan be evolved for slums. He said that a plan be prepared for construction of 200,000 low-cost houses in Lahore during the next five years while secretary housing should evolve a project of construction of low-cost houses and setting up of a separate company at the provincial level be considered. He approved necessary amendments in the rules and regulations for allocating quota of low-cost houses in private housing schemes, issued instructions for developing a new city near Kala Shah Kaku.
Shahbaz Sharif directed that the process of shifting of Camp Jail to an alternative site be accelerated and the proposed project of setting up a business centre at the place of Camp Jail be given a practical shape. The CM approved necessary amendments to make Land Disposal Act responsive to the need of the present age and directed that commercial policy be made liberal while a plan be formed to control wastage of water. He said that necessary measures be taken for roads construction project along rail track from Shahdara to Raiwind while the project of road from LOS to Multan Road on the drain be implemented expeditiously.