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January 10, 2020

CS for timely completion of uplift schemes

Lahore

January 10, 2020

LAHORE:The officers of communication and works department (C&W) would have to work with full devotion to complete development projects and repair and maintenance of roads in time and despite financial constraints all required funds would be provided for this purpose so that timely completion of uplift schemes could be ensured, said Punjab Chief Secretary Azam Suleman.

He expressed these views while presiding over a meeting at C&W Department here on Thursday. Provincial Minister for Communication and Works Sardar Asif Nakai also attended the meeting that reviewed annual development programme, public-private partnership schemes and mega projects.

Secretary, C&W, Asad Ullah Khan briefed the meeting that process is under way for dualization of 14 roads in different cities under public-private partnership and construction work would begin after bidding and completion of other formalities. In building sector in North Zone funds of Rs 3.5 billion out of total allocated amount of Rs 5.5 billion have been released for 300 ongoing and 53 new schemes. Similarly, In Central Zone funds of Rs 5 billion out of total Rs 9 billion have been released for 289 ongoing and 90 new schemes whereas in South Zone funds of Rs 5 billion out of total 8.5 billion have been released for 210 ongoing and 53 new schemes, he added.

The Chief Secretary directed that system of e-tendering be started in the C&W department at the earliest to ensure transparency in the procurement. He mentioned that use of modern technology would help root out corruption. The secretary, C&W, said that matters are being finalised to introduce e-tendering and very soon this system would be launched as a pilot project. He maintained that work on 123-km long 174 roads is near completion under Rs 15 billion 'Naya Pakistan Manzilein Asan' Project and second phase of this project is about to begin.

The chief secretary said that merit and transparency would have to be promoted to improve performance of departments. Asking the secretary, C&W, to remove corrupt officers and officials from their posts, he said that abilities of competent officers be utilised to bring improvement.

He directed the secretary to review the 13 unapproved schemes and start preparing for next annual development programme from now. Priorities should be set about uplift schemes with a focus on new schemes in public interest, he added.

The chief secretary also issued directions regarding recruitment of officers and staff and establishment of Strategic and Planning Unit in the department. He said that repair and maintenance work of roads and buildings should be done through proper planning after collecting data. The meeting was attended by all additional secretaries and top officers of C&W department.