LAHORE, Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday visited the under-construction Lahore bridge and CBD underpass to review the pace of work and directed for fast-paced completion.
During his visit to the construction site of Lahore bridge, the prime minister was apprised that the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) project worth Rs1712 million was started in the year 2021 but delayed for two years due to the issuance of no objection certificate.
The prime minister expressed his displeasure over the pace of work and the shutdown programme by the LESCO.
The prime minister directed for initiation of legal action against the official concerned for the delay and desired completion of the process in two weeks.
The officials were given one month time to complete the construction work instead of a period of two months.
The prime minister was accompanied by Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab Syed Mohsin Naqvi, chief secretary and other senior officials.
The prime minister also visited CBD underpass and termed the delay unfair.
He questioned the hiring of third-party for validation and directed the appointment of a renowned third party at the cost of a construction company.
The prime minister directed for expeditious completion of the project by advising the relevant officials to give special incentives to the workforce.
Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif said that previous government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf had deliberately interrupted the development pace in the Punjab which was initiated by their government.
Instead initiating new uplift projects, the earlier ones initiated by the PML-N government were put to halt. The people of the province were avenged for their support to Pakistan Muslim League-N, the prime minister expressed these views during a high-level meeting to review the ongoing public welfare and other proposed projects.
The meeting was attended by Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab Syed Mohsin Naqvi, PM’s advisor Ahad Khan Cheema and federal and provincial authorities, PM Office Media Wing said in a press release.
The meeting was given a detailed briefing over the construction work on Imamia colony flyover project. The prime minister directed for early completion of the project for the public use.
Addressing the participants, the prime minister said that during the last four years of the previous government, the affairs of the province were handed over to an incompetent and puppet chief minister.
Instead focusing on the progress of province, the office of the chief minister was misused for political maneuvering at the federal level, he opined.
The prime minister further observed that these public welfare-oriented projects which should have been completed and alleviated public woes, continued to hit snags for years during the previous government’s tenure.
He directed the early completing of all such ongoing projects.
The meeting was further briefed about the proposed Lahore-Sialkot motorway link road to facilitate the people of Gujranwala.
The prime minister directed the chief minister to constitute a three-member committee in this regard that would give a detailed briefing over the project in the next meeting.