CM inaugurates Walton Flyover

* 872-metre-long bridge cost Rs 700m, completed in 62 days

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the Walton Flyover project has been completed within a short period of two months, while maintaining a high standard and transparency. 
He said that the construction of the Walton Flyover will result in the saving of five billion rupees in fuel annually. He said that this project is part of the plan to make Ferozepur Road signal-free. He said that due attention will be paid to quality, speed and transparency in the execution of development projects in future as well. He was talking to media after inaugurating the Walton Flyover on Sunday. Provincial assembly members Ramzan Siddique Bhatti, Mian Naseer, Chief Secretary, Vice Chairman Lahore Development Authority Khawaja Ahmed Hasaan, Chairman Planning & Development, Chairman NASPAK, Pakistan Muslim League-N office-bearers and concerned officers were also present. Director General LDA Ahad Khan Cheema gave a briefing to the chief minister on the Walton Flyover project. The chief minister inaugurated Walton Flyover by unveiling the plaque and offering dua. 
The chief minister said that the first phase of the public welfare project of making Ferozpur Road signal-free from Walton to Ferozepur Road has been completed with the construction of the flyover, while work is in progress round the clock on the second phase of the project. He said that this project is scheduled to be completed in July but the way the work is being carried out expeditiously, it is hoped that it will be completed in June. He said that the completion of the project will not only save time of the people and streamline the flow of traffic but resources will also be saved as Ferozepur Road will become signal-free. 
He said that the project will also facilitate doctors, nurses, paramedical staff and patients going to General Hospital and Children Hospital. He said that completion of 872-meter-long Walton Flyover, which cost Rs 700 million, within 62 days is the result of the best coordination between the political leadership and the agencies working on the project. Shahbaz Sharif said that he has always believed that time is wealth and should not be wasted. He said that every moment of the nation is precious and the projects of public importance have to be completed with a national spirit. 
He said that energy projects will also be executed at the maximum speed. He said that completion of Walton Flyover project in a very short period is reflective of the same passion and determination of the Punjab government. He said that the flyover has been constructed within only 62 days which is a result of the blessings of Allah Almighty. He said that the first phase of the project has been completed while its second phase will be finished by the month of June. He said that the concerned institutions have worked as a team for the execution of the project. 
He said that PML-N government had completed Kalma Chowk project in four months during its previous tenure while a splendid project like metro bus was opened for the benefit of the people within only eleven months. He said that DG LDA Ahad Cheema is like a younger brother to him and is very honest and hardworking officer and that is why he has been awarded Tamgha-e-Imtiaz by the government. He said that credit for quality and early completion of Walton Flyover goes to Assembly Members Ramzan Siddique Bhatti and Mian Naseer, Vice Chairman LDA Khawaja Ahmad Hasaan, concerned departments, DG LDA, contractors, Chairman NESPAK, Chairman PESPAK and other officers who worked day and night for the completion of the project. 
The Chief Minister also thanked Chief Secretary, Chairman Planning & Development, Commissioner Lahore Division, District Coordination Officer Lahore, Chief Traffic Officer and other officers and commended their efforts for the completion of the project within such a short period. 
Shahbaz Sharif said that attack on senior journalist Hamid Mir is tragic and highly condemnable.

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