CM aims for better transport facilities


LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday said that negotiations were being held with Korea and other countries for providing better transport facilities to the people of the province.
He was presiding over a meeting regarding the provision of transport facilities to the people and solid and waste management. He said, “In addition to provision of transport facilities, plans for parking plazas’ construction are also being made.” Lahore Transport Company Chairman Khwaja Ahmed Hasaan, transport secretary, Solid Waste Management managing director and Lahore Transport Company chief executive officer were also present on the occasion.
He said that the state-of-the-art Park & Ride project in the Liberty Market has completed in a record period of time while suitable sites were being identified for the construction of twelve more parking plazas in Lahore on the same pattern. He said that provision of modern transport facilities to the people is among the top priorities of the government.
An effective policy for solid waste management and provision of a healthy environment to the citizens was also being implemented and an agreement was being signed with the Istanbul Municipality (Turkey) in this regard, the document will be signed on December 27, he said.
He directed the Hasaan to take measures for providing quality transport facilities to the people. Hasaan briefed the Shahbaz about the provision of transport facilities to the people and construction of parking plazas. Solid Waste Management Managing Director highlighted the salient features of the agreement to be signed with Istanbul Municipality.
TRANSPARENCY IN FUNDS UTILIZATION: During a meeting with assembly members, Shahbaz said that corruption and misappropriation of funds in the development projects had become a thing of the past and public money was being utilized in a transparent manner. He said the condition of third party audit of all development projects was being strictly implemented. He said that third party audit system was introduced in the last tenure of his government but during the dictatorial era this condition was withdrawn and public funds were ‘looted mercilessly’.
He said government was the custodian of public’s every penny and all resources were being spent on the welfare of the masses. He said that corruption was the biggest hurdle in the development of a country and collective efforts were needed by all segments of the society for its elimination.