SIALKOT

Commissioner Gujranwala Division Shumail Ahmed Khawaja said that the government will spend Rs350 million to save the export-oriented city from recurring flood threats and disasters caused by Nullah Bhed, saying that the Punjab government had also approved Rs2.75 billion multi-phased mega project to save both the neighbouring Sialkot and Narowal districts from the flood disasters through early re-modelling, desilting and pavement of the protective dykes of the five seasonal Nullahs in future.

He stated this while talking to the newsmen here after reviewing pace of work on desilting of Nullah Bhed at various places in Sialkot city. Local MPAs - Ch Muhammad Ikram, Mansha Ullah Butt and Sialkot DCO Nadeem Sarwar, Administrator TMA Malik Adnan Awan and senior journalists were also present on the occasion.

The commissioner announced that all small old bridges over Nullah Bhed would be revamped in Sialkot city.

He also announced beautification of historical Sialkot Fort, saying that tough tiles would be affixed in and around the fort with a total cost of Rs10 million. He said that the TMA would also establish a recreational park in the fort.

Later, commissioner also inaugurated tree plantation campaign by planting a sapling at Sialkot city’s congested China Chowk. On the occasion, he informed that 1.2 million saplings would be planted during the campaign across the Division. He also announced early establishment of a great wall of Sialkot, attributed to son of soil of Sialkot Allama Iqbal, saying that the murals of Allama Iqbal’s poetry and art would be displayed on this great wall.