PESHAWAR - The city district government has planned to launch a municipal volunteer programme in order to educate the general public regarding the increasing civic issues.

The plan will mainly focus on creation of awareness pertaining to proper dumping of house-waste and garbage at roadsides in the provincial metropolis, for which a strategy has been worked out, said Haroon Bilour, Special Advisor to Khyber Pakhtunkwa Chief Minister on Local Government, while speaking at a “Guest Hour” at Peshawar Press Club on Tuesday.

He added that a team of volunteers will be constituted to create people for proper disposal of polythene bags, house-waste and other garbage.

Similarly, he said that the city district government was also working on a plan for the establishment of school city and civic centre in posh Hayatabad in Peshawar. He said that the authority had already identified a piece of land measuring 100 kanals in Hayatabad to initiate the proposed project. The city government has also planned to establish modern-standard zoo in Shahi Bagh, Peshawar.

“I will try my level best to complete all ongoing development schemes in district Peshawar, initiated by his father ANP slain provincial senior minister Bashir Bilour,” said Haroon Bilour.  He expressed the hope that under-construction underpasses in University town, and elsewhere in the city, would be completed before completion of five years constitutional of this government, Mr Bilour said. “A flyover would also be constructed to ease the traffic flow post locality of Hayatabad, Peshawar, he added. “We also plan to install chairlift service in Galyat,” he informed.

Under the plan, he informed, the district authority had issued a special grant of Rs100 million for the Peshawar Electricity Supply Company in order to replacement of electric wares and faulty system in city localities. Due to the growing influx of internally displaced persons, he observed that the civic issues had increased in the city areas.

He informed that a Municipal Service Delivery Program (MSDP) project with assistance of USAID would be executed very soon to address, drains, sanitation and other civic issues. Under the program, he further added the rusted pipes and sewerage line, treatment plants for clean drinking water, will be replaced in city areas.

When asked about the slow pace of development projects, Mr Bilour said that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province was confronted with undeclared third-world war. The most of provincial budget was eaten by security measures during last five years. He said the federal government and donor agencies had not extended any additional grant to KPK province. On the occasion, he also announced establishment of the Bashir Bilour Trust, meant to assist the children of martyred people, in education and marriage.

Later, Bilour has increased the district government grant of Rs6 million to Rs12 million for Peshawar Press Club.