Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has expressed extreme displeasure over poor traffic system in Lahore and other big cities of the province and strongly reprimanded the authorities.
He said that the relevant institutions should deliver results so as to facilitate the masses. He said that traffic jams that waste time of people on roads would not be tolerated.
The chief minister said the provincial departments and concerned institutions have been provided resources and they will have to give results. Shehbaz Sharif said that in spite of development of infrastructure, widening of roads and construction of flyovers and underpasses, people are still facing traffic problems, which is unacceptable.
He was presiding over a high-level meeting to review traffic system in big cities and reforms for its improvement on Friday.
The chief minister said the people of Lahore and other big cities of Punjab were facing traffic problems, due to which government servants, students and other segments of society cannot reach their offices and destinations on time. He said that there was a need to meet the new challenges of traffic management due to growing population and it is responsibility of departments concerned and institutions to carry out comprehensive planning.
Shehbaz Sharif said that he was fully aware of the problems of people regarding the traffic system and that he was answerable to Allah and the masses. He said that he has been elected by the people to serve them and it is his responsibility to resolve their problems.
He said that had the departments concerned and institutions made proper planning, used modern technology and taken effective steps for traffic management, the situation would have been different. He said that people should be facilitated by maintaining a smooth flow of traffic. He said that the departments concerned will have to perform their duties efficiently and improve traffic system at any cost.
The chief minister said that there was no shortage of resources and that funds have been given to relevant institutions and departments so they will have to give results. He said that improvement of traffic system for the benefit of citizens was a collective responsibility of departments and institutions concerned and they will have to show a responsible attitude. He said that it was regrettable that Lahore Parking Company (LPC) has not brought rotary parking machines even after several months. He said that these machines would have helped in resolving parking issue, and added that decisions taken in the meetings for improving traffic system have not been implemented in letter and spirit.
Provincial Minister for Law Rana Sanaullah, Special Assistant Rana Maqbool Ahmed, MPA Jahangir Khanzada, chief secretary, inspector general police, home secretary and officers of traffic police attended the meeting.