The PC-1 of proposed Safari Park Multan has finally been okayed by the Punjab Government and work will begin on the project very soon. This was disclosed by Punjab Planning and Development Board Chairman Irfan Elahi while chairing a meeting to review development projects of Multan division here.

He revealed that over Rs4.5 billion funds had been allocated for the development projects of Multan Division under Annual Development Programme (ADP) and out of this amount a chunk of Rs2.80 billion had been released. He said that Rs1.16 billion would be spent on construction of DHQ Hospital Multan and the project would be launched soon. He said that the Chief Minister had taken serious notice of delay in completion of different construction projects of colleges in Multan and issued direction to the authorities concerned to accomplish the projects before June 2014. He asked authorities concerned to ensure completion of education projects in Burewala, Vehari, Dunyapur and Lodhran before June 30. He also took serious notice of delay in construction of sports complex at BZ University and campus of Women University and said that some elements created hurdles in release of funds because of their ignorance.

Referring to health projects, he revealed that Rs266 million was released for the purchase of equipment for kidney centre Multan and the tenders would be publicised very soon. He directed the administration of Multan Institute of Cardiology to change its terms of reference for attracting companies to supply machinery. He also issued order for establishment of electric sub-station in Mian Shahbaz Sharif General Hospital.

He ordered the buildings department to ensure quick completion of construction of residence of judges in judicial complexes in Jalalpur Pirwala and Shujabad. He also issued order for establishment of Multan Museum and launching of conservation project of Mai Mehrban shrine.

Earlier, Director Development Dr Aslam briefed the meeting on development projects and said that 41 schemes were being launched under Southern Punjab Development Programme out of which 35 had been approved by the government. Giving details, he said that out of 35 approved schemes, as many as 15 were being launched in Multan district, nine Khanewal, 12 Vehari and five Lodhran. He told the meeting that project worth Rs1.10 billion were launched in education sectors to provide missing facilities to the schools and 70 per cent projects were accomplished.