LAHORE - All controversies surrounding the Walton Road project couple of days back suddenly set aside, paving the way for prompt resumption of the much-delayed project on Wednesday. The Walton Road project is the first on-going development work, which attracted the attention of CM Punjab Shahbaz Shairf who took serious notice over the delay in the completion of this particular project. The Chief Minister also took strong exception to delay in the completion of other projects as Multan Road, Shaukat Ali Road, Khurshid Alam Road, Jain Mandir Road and others. The project costing Rs180million got struck after funds earmarked for the development of work could not be released due to one and another reason. Laying out network of drains was one solid reason for the suspension of work. The project was to be completed in September 2008. The project was hit by another controversy when CM Punjab Shahbaz Shairf ordered immediate transfer of the TEPA chief engineer for not ensuring third-party audit of the project. He issued these ordered while addressing a high-level meeting held for reviewing the pace of implementation of various development projects including construction of Walton Road from Kenchi (Ferozepur Road) to Khayaban-e-Iqbal. He also ordered its completion by November 15 instead of November 30. During the meeting, CM said that audit of all development projects completed under the TEPA should be carried out through NESPAK and dues of contractors should be cleared only after getting clearance certificate of work quality. He also expressed his displeasure towards the officials for their failure to ensure third party audit of roads including Khurshid Alam Road, Shaukat Ali Road, Jain Mandir Road constructed by the TEPA. The CM directed that payments should be made after getting certificate of quality work and audit of all projects by the NESPAK. He said that if these development projects were not found up to the mark, then payment would not be made to contractors. However, all the stumbling blocks leading to impede the project have been removed with immediate effect in a bid to resume the development work. Punjab government released the complete funds to the TEPA engaged in the construction of Walton road on Thursday. CM also withdrew the decision to transfer TEPA chief Engineer Khushhal Khan after his satisfactory briefing about the causes of delay and issue of third party audit regarding the project. Sources privy to this development revealed that CM was briefed that TEPA had already singed an agreement with NESPAK to conduct third party audit regarding all the development works. They said that TEPA and NESPAK had developed a good liaison to ensure transparency. "The NESPAK has been acting as supervisory body while TEPA is executing and managing the development works," Sources added. They said that NESPAK had been conducting audit as third party of the Walton Road to ensure financial authenticity. It may be recalled that Walton Cantonment Board had personally requested the Punjab government for constructing the road which was earlier having 36 width with single carriage way. When contacted to TEPA chief engineer about the issue, he replied that Walton Road project faced suspension due to delay in the release of required funds. He said that road spreading two kilometre has six lane with service road on either sides. It is pertinent to mention that the TEPA has 2.12 billion to complete the new schemes which include rehabilitation of Maulana Shabbir Ahmed Usmani Road from Y Junction New Garden Town to Maulana Shaukat Ali Road at a cost of Rs 10.37 million, construction of Southern Bypass Road from Ferozepur Road to College Road (Old Ring Road) at a cost of Rs 10 million and construction of Structure Road from Expo Centre MA Johar Town to Valencia Town at a cost of Rs 30 million.