Shehbaz reviews pace on 2nd phase of rural roads project


LAHORE, Jan 16 (APP): Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif said on Saturday the Pakistan Muslim League-N government  considered progress and prosperity of rural areas its mission.
He said therefore, it had started a big programme of construction and repair of rural roads under which carpeted roads of the highest standard are being constructed.
Chairing a meeting to review pace of second phase of repair and rehabilitation of rural roads under Khadim-e-Punjab Rural Roads Programme here, the Chief Minister said, “Pakkiyan
Sarkaan, Saukhay Painday” programme was a milestone in the rural economy uplift.
The project worth Rs 150 billion would change lifestyle of
rural masses and such a massive programme for repair and construction
of rural roads was unprecedented in Pakistan history.
A network of hundreds of kilometers long roads would be laid
till 2017-18 to strengthen rural economy and reduce distance
between villages and cities, he added.
Shehbaz Sharif said that repair and rehabilitation of rural
roads programme was being implemented speedily so that best
transport facilities could be available to rural population at
the earliest.
He said that look after of the roads constructed under this
programme was a national responsibility and overloaded vehicles
should not be allowed on these roads.
He directed that an effective system of axel load management
should be evolved and the committee concerned should finalize
its recommendation as soon as possible.
The Chief Minister directed that DCOs and DPOs of the
districts concerned should ensure indiscriminate action on
overloading on rural roads and a regular report be submitted as
it was national obligation to protect the roads constructed
with investment of billions of rupees.
The Chief Minister also presided over the first meeting of Infrastructure Development Authority (IDA) and gave approval to
its organizational structure and other matters.
The meeting also gave conditional approval to six months’
budget of the authority.
Shehbaz Sharif said the IDA had been set up for ensuring
speedy implementation of infrastructure development projects
in the province. Punjab government, he said, promoted the culture
of timely and transparent completion of projects and IDA would
have to play an active role in this regard.
Provincial Minister for Communication & Works Tanvir Aslam
Malik, Punjab IGP, Chairman Planning & Development Department,
secretaries concerned and the LDA Director General attended the meeting.