LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has granted approval to projects of establishing Greater Iqbal Park after completion of Azadi Chowk Flyover Project and a Butter Fly House in Jallo Park.
According to handout, the chief minister gave approval to these projects while presiding over a high-level meeting on Saturday. The Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) director general gave a detailed briefing on the Greater Iqbal Park Project.
Addressing the meeting, Chief Minister Shahbaz said that after the completion of Azadi Chowk Flyover Project, the Greater Iqbal Park Project was of immense importance to promote tourism in the country. He said that the project would play an important role in highlighting the importance of cultural and historical heritage of Lahore.
He said that the significance of Minar-e-Pakistan, Badshahi Mosque, Lahore Fort and other historical places would be restored. He directed that prominent features of Mughal architecture be highlighted while executing the Greater Iqbal Park Project. He also directed that landscaping of the project be carried out on modern as well as ancient patterns and that services of any international consultant be acquired for this purpose.
Under the project, a lake and a bird ivory will also be built in the park. The chief minister directed that the project be completed expeditiously but in a transparent manner so that tourist facilities of international standard could be made available to citizens.
He also said that the first-ever Butterfly House of Pakistan would be constructed in Jallo Park Botanical Garden. He also gave approval to a proposed programme of enhancing facilities in the botanical garden.
Housing Minister Tanvir Aslam Malik, MPAs Mohsin Latif and Ramzan Siddique Bhatti, LDA Vice Chairman Khawaja Ahmed Hasaan and officials concerned attended the meeting.
Meanwhile, philanthropists, traders, heads of utility organisations and assembly members called on Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif separately and presented cheques for a total sum of over Rs 117.2 million for the assistance of internally displaced persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan.
A cheque for Rs 50 million was donated by the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry and citizens to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund; Rs 10 million by PTCL President and Chief Executive Officer Waleed Irshaad; Rs 10 million by WAPDA Chairman Zafar Mehmood; Rs 9.5 million by Khwaja Ahmed Hasaan on behalf of residents of the NA-126 constituency of National Assembly in Lahore; Rs 27.6 million by Gujrat Chamber of Commerce and Industries and traders; Rs 5 million by Parliamentary Secretary Rana Arshad on behalf of citizens of Nanaka Sahib District; Rs 2 million by MPA Majid Zahoor on behalf of PML-N workers from the PP-140 constituency of Punjab Assembly, and a cheque for Rs 2.1 million was donated by MPA Rana Muhammad Iqbal Harna from Sialkot.
Speaking on the occasion, Shahbaz said that helping out the IDPs in this hour of trial was not less than worship. He said that the Punjab government would continue its full cooperation for the assistance and rehabilitation of the IDPs. He said that Punjab Province had taken lead in providing relief goods and financial assistance to the IDPs.
Finance Minister Mujata Shujaur Rehman, senior Board of Revenue member and DCOs of Faisalabad, Gujrat and Nanka Sahib were also present.
Meanwhile, addressing the Provincial Price Control Committee meeting through video link, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that effective steps have been taken for providing quality essential items, fruits and vegetables to the masses at cheaper rates during the holy month of Ramazan. He said that committee members had played an effective and vibrant role in getting the prices of daily-use items in the open market and Ramazan bazaars stabilised.
MPA Waheed Gul, additional chief secretary, Chief Minister’s Inspection Team chairman and other officials attended the meeting at Civil Secretariat’s Committee Room while chief secretary and other senior officials were present at the Chief Minister’s Office.
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