LAHORE - Unavailability of funds with the City District Government Lahore has hit as many as 500 ongoing development projects across the provincial capital, which are pending from the last five months are causing massive inconvenience for the Lahorites, The Nation has learnt reliably on Tuesday. Sources in CDGL informed this scribe that construction work on some of the most vital projects of the CDG, which were launched three to five years back, could not be accomplished so far due to lack of funds as the construction work on these ongoing projects is pending from June 2010. However, the City government authorities continued inviting tenders for new projects on public demand and political pressure despite knowing the actual situation of the exchequer and available resources, which ultimately led to halt the construction work on hundreds of projects, they added. Meanwhile, the provincial government stopped releasing development funds to CDG for the time being due to history's worst flood in the country, which not only claimed hundreds of lives but also hit the economy of the country by causing huge financial loss to the country in general and the provincial government in particular, sources maintained. Sources said flood situation in the country also created sever financial crunch in the Punjab province and led shortage of funds with the provincial government, whi-ch compelled the government to stop further progress on dozens of ongoing projects of the City. They added that CDG authorities also stopped releasing outstanding dues to the contractors of such projects a couple of months back when the provincial government decided to cease the development funds, which also compelled the contractors to close down the construction work on almost all the ongoing projects in the City. In this regard, EDO Works talking to TheNation said that most of the pending projects, such as the construction of various major and small roads, streets, laying of sewerage lines, construction of flyovers, maintenance and patchwork of some of the roads and bridges in the City, were being launched for the public expediency by the CDG elected body in collaboration with the provincial Communication and Works Department. He further said that shortage of funds also marred the construction work on some of the mega projects of the City such as construction work on Multan Road, Ring Road, Bhogiwal Road, construction of Liberty Parking Plaza etc, while most of the ongoing but pending projects were of miscellaneous nature such as construction of roads and streets of almost all the 150 union councils of the City. However, Mian Abdul Waheed, District Officer (DO) Finance said that the construction work on almost all the pending projects in the City is likely to be restarted within a couple of weeks as provincial government has promised CDG that all the outstanding dues of the contractors would be released soon. Initially, provincial government will clear the outstanding dues of all such contractors on priority basis who possessed cheques, which were issued by the government before June, which later were bounced due to shortage of funds, he concluded.