LAHORE - Punjab government has decided to limit the flow of traffic in the busiest shopping centers and roads in all major cities of the province under a phased programme. This decision will help save the people from the problems due to heavy rush of vehicular traffic in these areas. It was decided in a meeting presided over by Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif at Chief Minister's Secretariat, here on Monday. The meeting discussed IMAX theatre as well as various civic problems. Advisor to the Chief Minister Pervaiz Rashid, MNA Umer Sohail and Zia Butt, MPA Dr Saeed Elahi, Shafqat Mehmood, Kamran Shafi, Usman Pirzada as well as senior officers were present on the occasion. The chief minister said that traffic planning will also be undertaken in the busiest trade centers of the provincial metropolis and this project should be started from MM Alam Road Lahore where people will use special buses instead of their personal cars. He also directed to consider developing MM Alam Road into a walking street equipped with modern facilities. Regarding IMAX Theater, the chief minister said that government had decided to develop Doongi ground and the adjacent land into a beautiful park and return it to the Lahorites. Therefore, he said, the recommendations of the special committee set up for this purpose will be fully implemented and the building structure for IMAX Theater will be changed into a public facilitation center. He said that former government spent an amount of Rs 250 million on this project and even made payment without rules and regulations for machinery, which is still lying abroad with its supplier. He ordered import of the machinery immediately and arrangements for its storage as early as possible. He said that a heavy amount had been spent from the public exchequer on this machinery; therefore, its immediate import is necessary so as to avoid further loss. The meeting was informed that an additional expenditure of about Rs 80 million would have to be borne by Punjab government annually in case of continuing the project. The meeting was further informed that the interests of Punjab government were totally ignored in the signing of agreement with a foreign company and its implementation so much so the first two payments were made to the company without opening letter of credit. Earlier, head of the committee dealing with the affairs of IMAX Theater Shafqat Mahmood in his report submitted various proposals regarding IMAX Theater and the adjacent ground. He said that the project of IMAX Theater besides causing a heavy loss to the public exchequer also concerns serious violations of by-laws of the town planning. Shafqat Mahmood in his report said that the ground should be maintained as a public park without disturbing the underground parking for providing healthy recreational facilities to the citizens.