Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has granted approval to 30-km long metro bus project for Multan city to be constructed at a cost of Rs.30 billion. The project will be completed in a record period of one year and its foundation stone will be laid on August 14. Multan Metro Bus system will be constructed on the pattern of Dubai Metro Bus project.
The Chief Minister was given a briefing at a high level meeting held at Circuit House Multan today regarding two possible routes of the metro bus upon which he directed implementation of the project on both the routes. More than 1.5 lakh people of the whole city will benefit from this project daily and it will be completed in a period of one year.
The Chief Minister formally announced to grant the status of big city to Multan.
The Chief Minister said that metro bus is a gift for the people of Multan which will not only usher in an era of progress and prosperity but job opportunities will also be created as a result of investment of billions of rupees. He said that metro bus will add beauty to Multan while modern but economical travelling facilities will also become available to employees, students, labourers, teachers, lawyers, doctors and women. He said that PC-1 of the project will be prepared in July and foundation stone of Multan Metro Bus project will be laid on August 14.
He said that the project to be completed in a record period of one year will be different from the projects executed during the tenure of pervious government as it will be completely transparent. He said that the feasibility report of the project will be completed in July after which construction will immediately be started.
Shahbaz Sharif further said that modern landscaping will be carried out underneath the flyovers to be built on the route of metro bus and it will be designed and decorated in accordance with the traditional culture of Multan which will add to the beauty of the city. He directed Members of National and Provincial Assembly to personally supervise the construction work on the route of metro bus in their respective constituencies and announced that public representative who will show the best performance will be recommended by him to the Prime Minister for the award of Tamgha-e-Imtiaz.
He said that in order to facilitate the people of the localities surrounding the route of metro bus, feeder buses will be started to different metro stations. He said that the system of feeder buses will be started simultaneously with the main project.
Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif also announced setting up of a committee comprising two MNAs and three MPAs which will look after the matters pertaining to metro bus. He said that the flyovers already constructed on the route of metro bus will be widened and special attention will be paid to maintaining their strength as there are doubts about standard of construction of the flyovers built in the past.
Earlier, the Chief Minister inspected the proposed routes of metro bus.
During a meeting to review law and order, the Chief Minister directed divisional and district officers of Punjab police to hold monthly meetings on regular basis for improving the situation and positive proposals presented in the meetings should be implemented. He warned that any district officer of police who will not hold monthly meeting will be exiled from Punjab.
He said that he is personally appointing RPOs, CCPOs and DPOs after thorough scrutiny and his selection has proved to be correct in 95 percent cases. However, he said, he is surprised that in spite of posting good officers there has not been any change in police system and the staff at police station level is not mending its ways.
The Chief Minister also took notice of the cases of kidnapping for ransom and issued instructions for curbing such incidents. After visit to Multan, the Chief Minister went to Muzaffargarh and presided over a high level meeting at Tayyip Erdogan Hospital to review various development projects. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that development projects are being completed on priority in South Punjab and sense of deprivation of the people of this region will be removed through provision of modern health and education facilities. He said that more funds have been provided for the uplift of South Punjab than the expectations of the people.
The Chief Minister announced to make Tayyip Erdogan Hospital Muzaffargarh as a 500-bed hospital. He said that patients from Karachi, Lahore and Multan will also come to this state of the art hospital due to its best treatment facilities. Tayyip Erdogan hospital will become operational this month and all medical facilities will be available in this hospital.
Turk doctors and other staff will extend services in this hospital for one year. Extension work of the hospital will start during the current financial year and a sum of two billion rupees will be allocated for this purpose in the new budget. He said that international level medical facilities will be available in the hospital without any charge and all its system will be computerized. He said that the hospital will be made a model teaching hospital of the country. He further said that the standard of Amina Erdogan Girls School will be upto the level of Karachi Grammar Education School.
The Chief Minister also granted approval to the supply of gas to Amina Erdogan Daanish Care Girls High School and said that this project will cost an amount of four crore 40 lakh rupees. He said that instead of generators, solar panels be set up in the school so that uninterrupted supply of electricity could be available to the girl students.
Shahbaz Sharif further said that a school for boys will also be established on the same pattern in the new budget and funds will be allocated for this purpose. He said that special transport will be available from Muzaffargarh city to the hospital and the school. He directed to reserve 50 houses for doctors and other staff in Turkish model village. He said that foolproof security arrangement be made for Turk doctors and other staff and CCTV cameras should also be installed.
Secretary Education Abdul Jabbar Shaheen in a briefing informed that Ameena Erdogan Daanish Care Girls School will be run by Daanish School Authority and Care Foundation. Initially, classes of nursery and 6-grade will be started from September this year.
The average expenditure on a student will be from 10 to 15 thousand per month and uniform as well as other facilities will be provided to the girl students free of cost. Local Members of Provincial Assembly Hammad Nawaz Tipu gave proposal to set up a campus of Bahauddin Zakriya University in Muzaffargarh upon which the Chief Minister directed administration to present a report in this regard. Shahbaz Sharif also inspected the computerized system of the hospital.