CM Punjab approves uplift package worth Rs56bn for Lahore

LAHORE: Presiding over a meeting of the governing body of the Lahore Development Authority (LDA), Punjab Chief Minister approved an uplift package worth Rs56 billion for Lahore.

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While briefing the meeting, different projects were announced by CM Buzdar under the uplift package.

The meeting was briefed on the projects by LDA DG Ahmed Aziz Tarar.

A 2-km long overhead bridge, worth Rs4.5 billion, will be constructed. The announced project will start from Naulakha Police Station, and culminate at Sheranwala Gate. This project is aimed at improving the flow of traffic in the area.

In addition, an overhead bridge, costing Rs1.5 billion, will be set up at Shahkam Chowk to solve traffic-related issues of the area.

A 1,000-bed hospital, worth Rs7 billion, will also be established under the uplift package, at Ferozepur Road near Arfa Karim Information Technology Park.

The hospital will comprise 400-bed capacity in the general ward, 400-bed capacity in cardiology unit and 200-bed capacity in blood diseases wards.

In this regard, CM Punjab approved the summary submitted by the health department for setting up of the announced hospital.

A Flyover Bridge worth over Rs2 billion, at Karim Block Market Chowk, and an underpass on Ferozepur Road near Gulab Devi Hospital, and an underpass heading towards Samanabad, on Bund Road were also approved for construction.

The governing body also approved the construction of four thousand apartments, at a cost of Rs40 billion, in phase one of LDA city.

The uplift project also includes the construction of a modern bus terminal at Thokar Niaz Baig.

The transport department was directed to finalize and submit the design of the bus terminal by December 10, by CM Buzdar.

Moreover, ten underground water tanks would be constructed in Lahore, at a cost of Rs1 billion, to drain, collect and store rainwater.

All the relevant authorities were directed to ensure timely completion of the announced projects, without compromising on the quality.

The meeting was attended by the Provincial Minister for Housing Mian Mahmood Rashid, Special Assistant to Chief Minister Punjab on Information (SACM) Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, Member Punjab Assembly Sadia Sohail Rana, LDA Vice-Chairman Sheikh Muhammad Imran, Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) Vice Chairman Sheikh Imtiaz, Secretary Housing, Principal Secretary to the CM, Chairman P&D and other relevant officials and representatives.


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