LAHORE Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said reconstruction programme of flood affected villages is speedily in progress and in the first phase, construction of 13 model villages will be started formally from January 25 in various areas of the calamity-stricken districts. These villages will be equipped with modern basic facilities and the construction of modern villages will introduce a new culture in the backward areas. Philanthropists and non-governmental organisations have been already engaged in construction of model villages in various areas, he said, while presiding over a high level meeting regarding construction of model villages in flood affected areas here on Thursday. The meeting reviewed in detail the pace of implementation of construction of model villages in the affected areas. The CM said water supply and drainage, schools, dispensaries, vocational institutions, solar and bio-gas plants, recreational and other basic facilities would be provided in these villages. He added that people of backward areas had also right over modern facilities, and the Punjab government was ensuring provision of modern basic amenities in model villages. Provision of modern facilities in the devastated villages will bring about a visible change in the lifestyle of the people of these areas. Donations of more than Rs1.3 billion have been collected in his fund, which will be utilised transparently as the government is the custodian of every penny of the people, he said, while issuing directions that construction of model villages should be completed expeditiously so that modern residential facilities could become available to the flood victims as early as possible. Instead of being demoralised by natural calamity as flood, the government is determined to explore new avenues of life for the people and relief and assistance to the flood victims and construction of model villages in devastated areas is reflective of this commitment of the government, he said. He said in the first phase, foundation stone of 13 model villages would be laid on January 25 and the construction work of more than 1500 houses in these villages would be completed by March 30 and all necessary facilities would be made available by May 31st. Construction of 106 houses, cattle-sheds and provision of other facilities in village Miran Mullan district Muzaffargarh will also be completed soon. In the second phase, 16 model villages equipped with basic facilities will be constructed, he said, adding that these model villages were being constructed through the Punjab Rural Support Programme and a high standard of construction work would be ensured at any cost. Earlier, Chief Secretary Nasir Mehmood Khan Khosa giving a detailed briefing regarding construction of model villages, and informed that arrangements had been finalised for the construction of model villages in different places in flood-hit districts. Managing Director Punjab Rural Support Programme, Abid Saeed informed that all arrangements were being finalized with the consultation of different departments and construction work would soon be started. Director General Provincial Disaster Management Authority Khalid Sherdil informed that donors had pledged construction of 98 model villages comprising more than eleven thousand houses, out of which construction work of more than seven thousand houses had been started in 64 villages. Senior Advisor Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, MPAs Khawaja Salman Rafiq and Hafiz Mian Nauman, Chairman Planning & Development Board, Senior Member Board of Revenue, Secretaries of Finance, Local Government and Housing departments, Chief Executive Officer of Punjab Rural Support Programme and District Coordination Officer Muzaffargarh were also present in the meeting.