Multan-The Punjab government has launched City Governance Improvement Project in five big cities of the province including Multan to boost performance of institutions and ensure transparency in development projects.

DCO Nadir Chattha stated at a press briefing here the other day.

He said that infrastructure development projects are being executed in the first phase of the project and Rs145 million has been released for the purpose. He informed that a master plan is being evolved for Multan, keeping in view civic needs of the city for next 50 years under Urban Unit Programme. He said that the grants received under Urban Unit Programme are being spent on projects like transport, machinery, repair to roads and beautification of public buildings. He hoped that the projects would facilitate the citizens at large. He disclosed that Rs193 million would be spent on different development schemes and the whole process would be monitored by the World Bank. He said that Rs584 million was spent on carpeting and repair to different roads during the ongoing month to resolve traffic issues.

He revealed that details of budgets, recruitments and development projects of different departments have been displayed on the website of the district government on directives of the Punjab Government in light of Access to Information law. He said that the district government had directed all its departments to update their websites regularly.

He declared that the district government would hire the services of Urban Unit for third party audit with a view to ensuring good governance and transparency in projects. “The team of Urban Unit will monitor all development schemes, recruitment process and tenders under this agreement,” he added.