CM holds meeting to discuss beautification of cities


LAHORE: Punjab chief minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif chaired a high-level meeting on Tuesday and accorded the approval for the landscaping plan of the Beijing underpass.

The meeting also reviewed the progress on the landscaping plan and horticulture projects of the Beijing underpass and the Ring Road southern loop.

Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said that the landscaping of the Beijing underpass must be completed within two months, and so, the pace of work on the project should be accelerated.

He assured that no dearth of funds would ever hinder the project and ordered to develop a state-of-the-art landscaping plan for the Beijing underpass as encroachments and hanging wires affect the city’s beauty.

CM Shehbaz said that a steering committee under the lord mayor of Lahore should efficiently work for the elimination of encroachments and the fixing of hanging wires. He also said that the Punjab government has promoted the culture of horticulture in the province and development projects have been made attractive through a dexterous use of horticulture.

“The qualitative, speedy, as well as transparent completion of development projects, is our policy and the same strategy should be adopted for working on horticulture schemes,” he added.

The chief minister made it clear that he means business instead of showing any slackness, adding that the beautification of cities should be speedily carried out through horticultural work. He said that well-maintained nurseries should be developed for the outsourcing, and best consultants should be hired to carry out the horticulture projects. Similarly, work should be speedily completed to beautify the Ring Road southern loop through horticulture, he added.

CM Shehbaz directed that a plan for developing beautiful gardens in nine divisional headquarters should be presented within the next seven days.

Advisor to chief minister Khawaja Ahmad Hasaan, lord mayor Mubasher Javed, DG Lahore walled city authority, DG PHA, commissioner Lahore division and LESCO officials attended the meeting.