Lahore : Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar laid the foundation stone of reconstruction project of Government Postgraduate College for Women, Railway Station Road in Rawalpindi on Friday.
Federal Ministers Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad, Amir Mehmood Kiyani, Provincial Ministers Raja Basharat, Samiullah Chaudhary, Hafiz Mumtaz Ahmad, Raja Rashid Hafeez, Raja Yasir Humayun, Assembly Members Ch. Adnan, Ammar Siddique and others attended the ceremony.
Addressing the ceremony, the Chief Minister said that the journey of public service has started and it will be continued. We will transform Pakistan according to the vision of Quaid-e-Azam.
The Chief Minister also announced different projects for Rawalpindi to the tune of billions of rupees including up-gradation of Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology to the status of a cardiac and vascular diseases center. The work on kidney hospital will be resumed as well. Like DG Khan, Rawalpindi is my own city and there would no differentiation between the two cities. It was difficult to set up another women university in Rawalpindi as Fatima Jinnah University is already functioning here. But, I announce the setting up of another women university in Rawalpindi and it would be the unique city where two women universities will exist.
Setting up of another women university in Rawalpindi was a difficult task but its lawyer is Sheikh Rasheed who can never lose the case, he added. He said that problems arise due to Nullah Lai in Rawalpindi during the rainy season and traffic problems along with drainage of water also arise. I am of the opinion that Lai Expressway project is of utmost importance in this regard. We will initiate this 23-km long Lai Expressway project with a cost of Rs.70 billion and it will be completed through the public-private partnership.
The Chief Minister also announced that the Rawalpindi Ring Road Project will be started soon. This project, which will be completed with an amount of Rs.50 million, will transform the future of the city. I also visited Rawalpindi a few days ago and reviewed the public problems while moving on the road. Due to the steps taken by the PTI government, the difference will be eliminated between Rawalpindi and Islamabad and Rawalpindiite will enjoy the same facilities which are enjoyed by Islamabadiite. I want to see Rawalpindi as a more developed and prosperous city of the country, he added.
Usman Buzdar said that 22 thousand village councils will be constituted in rural areas to solve public problems and funds, to the tune of more than 40 billion rupees, will be spent on public welfare through these councils. Similarly, 182 municipal committees will be formulated in cities. In this system, people will be fully empowered, he added.
We are moving towards new Pakistan envisioned by Prime Minister Imran Khan. We speak less and perform more, he added.
Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad said that Usman Buzdar is the first public chief minister which travels through the train. I do not have words to thank Chief Minister Usman Buzdar for starting development projects in Rawalpindi, he added.
Federal Health Minister Amir Mehmood Kiyani said that health and education sectors are the focus of PTI government and added that Usman Buzdar is serving the people in the province.
Provincial Law Minister Raja Basharat said that Usman Buzdar removed the difference between people and the chief minister-ship and he has also a strong passion for public service.
Federal Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad also presented the souvenir of a model of the train to the Chief Minister Usman Buzdar.