LAHORE - Slow pace of work on the much-hyped project 'Remodelling of Multan Road is creating serious environmental hazards besides causing huge inconvenience to the motorists and the residents of adjoining areas, reveals a survey carried out by this scribe on Thursday. Apparently, the motorists and the residents of adjoining localities will have to go through the ordeal for many more years as the cash-strapped Punjab government has allocated a meagre amount for the mega project. The Communication and Works (C&W) Department started had the project during the second half of 2009 with meagre allocation of Rs 500 million in the budget for fiscal year 2009-10. The Punjab government will allocate another Rs 500 million for the project in the next fiscal year. The Punjab govt plans to remodel Multan Road, from Chuburji Chowk to Thokar Niaz Baig, at an estimated cost of Rs 9.4 billion. The project involves construction of 11.2 kilometre long dual carriageway, two underpasses at Samanabad Mor and Yateem Khana Chowk and construction of rainwater drain. Goods imported to or exported from Punjab and the NWFP are transported to Karachi through this road, which is also an important entry and exit point to the City. The project will take many years for completion due to lack of funds. Out of total estimated cost of Rs 9.4 billion, the government will spend only Rs 1 billion on the project in two yours, said a C&W official re-questing anonymity. Digging of road from Sabzazar Crossing to Multan Chungi for the construction of drain has rendered half of the artery unserviceable, causing massive traffic jams at a busy section of important artery in the City. I have no alternative but to use this road for coming to my office near Civil Secretariat and going back to my home in Awan Town. Traffic jams is a routine even during night-time. The government should realise the hardships of the nearby residents and motorists and expedite work on the project, said a motorist Jamil Awan, adding, the government should have not started the project if it did not have the required fund. Debris dumped on greenbelts has created serious health hazards by increasing environmental pollution. Low drifting dust is damaging respiratory system of motorists and nearby residents, said Naseer Ahmed, a resident of Allama Iqbal Town, adding, the construction work was carried out at a snails pace that showed apathy of the rulers.