LAHORE: In a bid to remove the sense of deprivation among people of South Punjab, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif announced billions of rupees development package during a whirlwind tour of three districts of Multan, Muzaffargarh and Dera Ghazi Khan on Thursday.
The chief minister, who is often alleged by rivals of doling out a major portion of province’s development funds for his home constituency in Lahore, granted approval to a 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. More than 1.5 lakh people of city will benefit from the metro bus project on daily basis. The chief minister also announced to grant the status of big city to Multan.
Shahbaz said the development projects are being completed on priority in south Punjab. He said the sense of deprivation of the people of the region will be removed through provision of modern health and education facilities. He said funds have been provided for the uplift of South Punjab beyond the expectations of the people.
In Muzaffargarh, the chief minister announced to make Tayyip Erdogan Hospital a 500-bed facility. He said that patients from Karachi, Lahore and Multan will also come to this state-of-the-art hospital due to its treatment facilities. He said the hospital will become operational this month and 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 Rs 2 billion 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.
In Dera Ghazi Khan, the chief minister inaugurated Ghazi Medical College. He announced to establish Daanish School in Taunsa and issued instructions for forming a committee to submit recommendations for the admission of boy and girl students of middle class from the tribal areas as well. Speaking after a briefing on development of Fort Monroe, the only tourist resort of South Punjab, the chief minister directed that installation of chairlift and cable car be started in two phases. He issued instructions for making Muzaffargarh to Fort Monroe Road a dual carriageway. Addressing students of Ghazi Medical College, the chief minister said that shortage of teachers in Dera Ghazi Khan will be removed so that quality medical education could be provided to the students.
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