The remodelling and improvement of three main squares in PP-14 will begin on Monday, and the work will be completed within two to three weeks, a meeting held to review development work in the Rawalpindi district was informed on Saturday.
The meeting was held at the Commissioner’s Office and chaired by acting Commissioner Talat Mehmood Gondal and PML-N MNA from Gujar Khan, Raja Javed Ikhlas. MPA Raja Hanif, MPA Shaukat Aziz Bhatti and senior officials from the local administration were also present.
The meeting was told that the Punjab government has approved development schemes worth Rs350 million for PP-14 in Rawalpindi city, and the local administration has been asked to complete the work as soon as possible.
Remodelling of three squares in PP-14 to begin tomorrow, will be completed in two to three weeks
They were informed that Rs200m will be spent on water projects from Faizabad to Chandni Chowk, and each union council will get a tubewell, filtration plants and water supply lines that will connect tubewells with all the houses in the respective areas.
The remaining Rs30m will be spent on a multipurpose hall at the women’s Government Barani College in Shamsabad and the provision of missing facilities at three schools in the Sadiqabad area.
Mr Hanif said work on nine degree colleges in the district has begun and the provincial government wishes to complete the colleges as soon as possible.
He said the cleanliness of nullahs and drains will be checked once more to avoid a flood-like situation in the city during the monsoon season.
He said nullahs and drains have already been cleaned, but the work needs to be inspected before a new spell of rainfall in the garrison city after a flood warning was issued by the Met Office.
MNA Ikhlas asked the local administration to ensure high quality construction material is used in development schemes in the district, as the work will be inspected by the provincial government and negligence will not be tolerated in this regard.
He asked the education authority to present a report on repairs of dilapidated government school and college buildings in the district, and inform public representatives of the progress on the reconstruction of such buildings.
Mr Ikhlas also asked the road department to expedite their work, especially on projects connecting small villages to big cities and to the grain markets. He added that the provincial government has spent billions of rupees and the quality of the work would be ensured.
Mr Gondal directed the local administration to accelerate work, and said a third party survey of ongoing projects would begin soon to check whether contractors are using quality material.
He said if anyone is found using substandard material, the contract will be terminated and the company will be blacklisted.
Yasin, Aamir. Meeting reviews development schemes in Pindi district. Dawn, July 9, 2017.