LAHORE Governments double standard and unjust criterion regarding announcement and execution of development projects in provincial capital are not only creating abhorrence among the citizens but also are dividing citizens and the City into the haves and have-nots, it is learnt. It is also learnt that government proposed and launched hundreds of development projects in the City by allocating billions of rupees. But, while launching such projects, the government adopted double standards on choosing the sites for projects and preferred already developed localities instead of focusing on backward areas of the City. Unfortunately the government ignored not only such areas progress and development but also insulted the mandate of the voters, residing in these deprived localities. It is further learnt that out of each hundred proposed or launched development plans including small and mega projects, 80 per cent were for the developed areas which include mega projects such as construction of flyovers, overhead bridges, drains, sewerage, streetlights, surfacing and quality carpeting of roads with footpaths, underpasses and dozens of other projects. However, the remaining 20 per cent development projects were announced for backward residential and commercial areas, which comprising about 80 per cent population of the City and no mega project is included among such proposed or executed projects, which annoyed the residents. The government even failed to complete most of the proposed projects, which still were pending from years due to uncertain reasons and were a massive nuisance for the area people. According to the data, collected from City District Government Lahore, almost 550 small natured development projects including construction and patch work of roads and streets, water supply pipelines and sewerage, which were pending from last two years due to lack of funds were belonging to these slum areas. Talking to this scribe, residents of such rearward vicinities expressed their grievances regarding development of most desired areas and complained that both provincial and CDGL were giving preference to the posh areas developments. Asghar Ali, a resident of Garhi Shahu said the rulers were developing such roads and colonies of posh vicinities only with constructing new roads like super highway, multi-purpose flyovers and underpasses on priority basis because such ways were approaching their residences and other properties while they ignored the localities of needy people. Muhammad Naeem, a social worker said it was awful that government spent 80 per cent funds on the localities of 20 per cent population while allocating only 20 per cent funds for the development of vicinities of 80 per cent population of the City. The rulers do not forget that mostly constituencies of the City comprising such backward vicinities, which are under developing since the birth of country, he concluded. Dozens of roads are dilapidated, people compelled to drink dirty water which is contributing different diseases among the people. The backward areas demand concentration of government and need to be developed on priority basis, said Muhammad Khan.