BAHAWALPUR

In coordination with the World Bank, the federal government will finalise and start working at the projects of Sutlej Lake and Rubber Dam in middle of the current year.

It was told in a briefing held under the supervision of Bahawalpur Commissioner Saqib Zafar in which the project’s working was reviewed. Lake will be 13 kilometre long and 2.5 meter deep. For the project, the World Bank will provide funds of more than Rs1 billion while the federal government will provide funds for attaining the land. It was also told that this project will be completed in 1 and a half years. It will have no effect on residential, commercial and community structure.

The commissioner directed that all the hurdles in the project will be eliminated and working on the project be started according to the schedule so that people could get clean water along with entertainment.

Another meeting was held for reviewing the progress of development projects of Bahawalpur. In the meeting, it was told that in Bahawalpur Division, 46 filtration plants are being installed for the provision of clean water on which Rs500 million will be spent.

The commissioner said that provision of water was the first priority that is why these projects will be completed soon.

The under-construction project of Khawaja Fareed University of Engineering and Information Technology was reviewed. Its boundary wall and 6 laboratories have been constructed and machinery has been purchased while tenders have been issued for the construction of academic block.

For the establishment of Veterinary University funds of Rs350 million have been released and working on the project which will be completed at a cost of Rs3 billion.

For the establishment of Services Centre for the citizens of Bahawalpur, approval has been given for which government has allocated the funds of Rs300 million and working on the project has been started.

In Bahawalnagar, 66% working on the Medical College project has been completed and until now more than Rs80 million has been spent. In the meeting, CM Punjab’s Rural Roads Program was also reviewed. The commissioner directed that construction work of Bahawalpur to Hasilpur Road be completed immediately and ensure the completion of all the projects on time.

In another meeting, it was disclosed that schedule for maintaining and demolishing the old and dangerous buildings of Bahawalpur Division has been prepared and more than a thousand government and private buildings will be repaired.

According to the orders from the provincial government, such buildings as have been declared dangerous will be demolished and their owners will be given one month time to evacuate the buildings. After one week, the buildings will be demolished.

Such private buildings as need maintenance, owners of those buildings will also be given notice to complete the maintenance of the building within one month. For the maintenance of the government buildings, estimates will be prepared in one week. Similarly, for the maintenance of government buildings, tendering and construction work will be started within one month.