The first phase of Walled City Project to restore historical heritage of Multan is being launched with Rs70 million and the ancient structures between Musafir Khana and Serena Jewellers in Sarafa Bazaar area would be revived and beautified in this phase.

This was disclosed by the District Coordination Officer (DCO) Zahid Saleem Gondal while addressing a joint meeting of Italian experts and concerned district officials here on Monday. The project is being launched with the financial and technical collaboration of Italian Government.

The DCO hoped that the project would help revive historic status of Multan. He said that the agreement with Italian Government had been finalized and funds worth millions would be spent to revive historic structures like all gates and old buildings in walled city. He hoped that the Walled City Project would prove a precious gift to the residents of Multan while the construction projects all Qila Qasim Bagh would also be accomplished under the supervision of Italian experts. He directed concerned officials to issue advertisement for hiring private consultant for the Walled City Project.

Mr Gondal disclosed that the Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif would inaugurate a number of important projects like Kidney Centre and Multan Tea House during ongoing month. He said that the district administration had finalized all arrangements for hosting inauguration ceremony.

Head Muhammadwala Road to be restored this month

Earlier, chairing a meeting of National Highway Authority, the DCO declared that the Head Muhammadwala approach road, which had been broken during recent flood in River Chenab, would be restored to the traffic by the end of current month. He added that the work order had been issued to the construction company and a camp of NHA had also been set up at the spot.

He said that order had been issued for release of funds for the carpeting and reconstruction of 25 broken roads while the project to plant 6,000 saplings was also in final phase. He said that the beautification of Shujabad Park had been finalized and it would be inaugurated on Wednesday.

Referring to the performance of price control magistrate, he said that they performed well as a result of which the prices of edibles came down while the fares of transport also showed the signs of decline. He directed WASA authorities to locate all open manholes within two days and cover them forthwith. He asked TMOs to send a detailed report on illegal buildings in their respective areas as soon as possible so that their demolition could be done.

Flood affectees up against irregularities: The flood affectees from Mauza Jalalpur Khakhi and Khas Punjani on Monday staged a demonstration at Chowk Nawan Shehr against the officers and officials of revenue department and urged on the Punjab Chief Minister to hold a high level inquiry to redress their grievances. The demo was led by Ch Naseer Ullah who told media that Akbar Zahoor Assistant Commissioner Shujabad, Naib Tehsildar and Patwari Fayyaz Hussain Rehan had prepared fictitious lists of flood affectees on the recommendation of local MPA Mehdi Abbas Langah. He further said that compensation was paid to undeserving people whose home were in good condition and they did not incur any financial loss due to flood. The protesters reiterated their demand for payment of Rs80,000 to those whose homes were swept away and Rs10,000 per acre to those whose crops were devastated.