Lahore : Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has expressed extreme displeasure over the poor traffic system in Lahore and other big cities of the province and strongly reprimanded institutions concerned. He said that it is high time for institutions concerned to deliver results and facilitate the masses. He said that traffic jams and waste of time of people on roads would not be tolerated.
He said that provincial departments and concerned institutions have been provided resources and they will have to give results.
Shahbaz Sharif said that in spite of development of infrastructure, widening of roads and construction of flyovers and underpasses, people are still facing traffic problems, which is lamentable.
The Chief Minister said that people of Lahore and other big cities of Punjab are facing traffic problems and have to wait for hours due to which government servants, students and other segments of society cannot reach their offices and destinations in time.
He said that there is a need to meet the new challenges of traffic management due to growing population and it is responsibility of departments concerned and institutions to carry out comprehensive planning.
Shahbaz Sharif said that he is fully aware of the problems of people with regard to traffic system and he is answerable to Allah and the masses.
He said that he has been elected by the people to serve them and it is his responsibility to resolve their problems. He said that he is working round the clock for the improvement of the system and provision of maximum facilities to the citizens and existing traffic situation is tolerable to him. He said that had the departments concerned and institutions made proper planning, used modern technology and taken effective steps for traffic management, the situation would have been different.
He said that people should be facilitated by maintaining a smooth flow of traffic. He said that the departments concerned will have to perform their duties efficiently and improve traffic system at any cost. He said that there is no shortage of resources and funds have been given to concerned institutions and departments and they will have to give results.
The Chief Minister said that improvement of traffic system for the benefit of citizens is a collective responsibility of departments and institutions concerned and they will have to show a responsible attitude. He said that it is regrettable that Lahore Parking Company has not brought rotary parking machines despite passage of several months.
He said that these machines would have helped in resolving parking issue. He said that decisions taken in the meetings for improving traffic system have not been implemented in letter and spirit. He said that time has come for institutions concerned to make all out efforts for the improvement of traffic system. He said that he will personally head the steering committee set up for improving traffic system and will review the measures for facilitating the masses on regular basis.
Provincial Minister for Law Rana Sanaullah, Special Assistant Rana Maqbool Ahmed, Member Provincial Assembly Jahangir Khanzada, Chief Secretary, Inspector General Police, Secretary Home, senior authorities of concerned departments and officers of traffic police attended the meeting.