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Govt to spend PKR 17 bn on road schemes in Sargodha

Sargodha: The highway department has decided to spend PKR 17.85 billion on the development of 66 road schemes in Sargodha, a news source reported. This decision was reached during a meeting of the department – presided over by Labour & Human Resource Minister Ansar Majeed Khan – on Wednesday.

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For the ongoing financial year, the government has allocated PKR 1.59 billion for these schemes. It has released an amount of PKR 390 million so far. By June 15, the authorities concerned had utilised PKR 9.71 billion on the development of 15 schemes.

During the meeting, the official concerned informed the members about two new schemes cleared under the Annual Development Programme (ADP). They added that these schemes would cost an estimated PKR 600 million. Meanwhile, the officials revealed that the government would also spend PKR 623 million on six schemes as part of the ‘Naya Pakistan Manzilain Asaan Programme’.

Majeed Khan stated that the incumbent government was making efforts for the construction of a better road infrastructure in order to connect rural areas with urban areas. He added that the government would also releasing funds to facilitate the construction of the Sargodha-Jhang and Sargodha-Lahore roads.

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Moreover, the minister also issued orders for the removal of encroachments from the main roads.

PHC directs KP govt to form fund-allocation rules

Peshawar: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) has ordered the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government to devise budget allocation rules for uplift schemes, a news source reported. As per officials, the high court has halted the release of any funds for development projects until the task is completed.

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Justice Abdul Shakoor and Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad stated that regulations for allocation of uplift schemes, umbrella schemes and other similar projects needed to formulated on an urgent basis; so as to protect the rights of all individuals involved in the process. This will help make the process more transparent, as well as facilitate equal distribution of funds.

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The decision was issued as a detailed judgment on a jointly filed petition by more than 30 opposition MPAs of the KP Assembly. The coalition includes opposition figures Enayatullah Khan, Akram Khan Durrani and Jamshed Mohmand, among others.

Survey reveals lack of safety equipment in Lahore’s 460 buildings

Lahore: A survey conducted by the Civil Defence Department and Rescue 1122 has revealed that 460 buildings in the city lack proper fire-safety arrangements, according to a news source. As per officials, the survey results do not include findings on fire-safety situation in buildings owned by the government.

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According to the findings, the high-rise buildings lack emergency exits, fire hydrants, fire alarms, chemical fire extinguishers, and related tools. Taking notice of the situation, the ex-commissioner of Lahore. Dr Mujtaba Paracha imposed a PKR 50,000 fine on owners of these buildings and directed them to ensure the provision of these arrangements on an immediate basis.

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The ex-commissioner also instructed the officials concerned to conduct an inquiry into the matter. According to sources, these buildings were later sealed on report of non-compliance.

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Taking notice of the situation, Lahore Commissioner Asif Bilal Lodhi directed the Metropolitan Corporation Lahore (MCL), planning officers, and other departments concerned to ensure the availability of safety equipment in the buildings located in their respective areas.