Directorate General Public Relations,
Government of the Punjab, Lahore.Ph: 99201390
LAHORE, April 29:
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has inaugurated 3-lane Muslim Town Flyover. This is the longest flyover constructed throughout the country so far. This project has been completed in a record period of 176 days at a cost of Rs.2 billion on the important trade way Ferozepur Road situated in the heart of provincial metropolis. As many as four lakh 27 thousand vehicles will pass over a 2.6km long Muslim Town Flyover daily. There will be a saving of Rs.2.6 billion in the fuel due to smooth flow of traffic and this bridge will recoup its construction cost only within a year.
Addressing the inaugural function, the Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that provision of comfortable and rapid public transport facilities to the poor and middle class is mission of his life. He said that a bus rapid transit system of international standard is being introduced in the province for the facility of the people who were forced to travel by old buses and wagons. He said that the costly cars of elite were passed near the poor passengers who were waiting on bus stops for hours and think whether they will ever get such travelling facilities. He said that now most modern air-conditioned buses to be run under a bus rapid transit system will cross these costly cars and the rich people will surprise to see that poor people are travelling in these buses comfortably and honourably without any hindrance. He said that the development work on this important public welfare project is continuing round the clock and in the next phase, the work on bus rapid project is also being started from Shahdra for which tenders will soon be opened. He disclosed that a 4km long overhead bridge will also be constructed from Qartaba Chowk to Civil Secretariat under this project. He said that bus rapid transit system is ten times cheaper than the underground transport system and the project will be completed this year.
Shahbaz Sharif said that Punjab government has promoted the culture of completing public welfare projects of billion of rupees in record period and transparent manner. He said that the important project of Thokar Niaz Beg Flyover had been delaying for two years in 2008 and Ali Baba 40 thieves of that time had got grab the project land and they had no courage to retrieve the occupied land but the present government completed this project in a very transparent manner. He said that due to the misdeeds of corrupt and inefficient rulers of Islamabad, the country has been plunged into darkness. Shahbaz Sharif further said that Punjab government has converted the graveyards of corruption into minerats of development through commitment, hard work and honesty. He said that Punjab government has completed development projects in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bahawalpur and other cities speedily and transparently. The Chief Minister said that no effort was spared to keep the process of development free from corruption in the province. That is why the project of provision of laptops to the talented students of higher educational institutions is unique with regard to transparency and merit but some elements are perturbed over it why access to modern education is being given to the poor students through laptops, he added. He said that these elements after the failure of impressing the youth through their tactics, also leveled false and baseless allegations but the Transparency International having international repute of ensuring transparency all over the world has given the certificate to Punjab government regarding complete transparency of this project. On it, a head of liers leveled an allegation that Shahbaz Sharif had invited the representatives of Transparency International on a dinner, he added. The Chief Minister disclosed that the representatives of Transparency International have met him many times for performance of their professional duties during the last four years as keeping a watchful eye for maintaining transparency in Punjab province is their responsibility. He made it clear that like Ali Baba 40 thieves, he does not believe in secret meetings but believes in open meetings as his hands are clean. Shahbaz Sharif reiterated that if needed, he will meet the representatives of Transparency International many times for improving the living standard of the people and prosperity of the province and he does not care for any negative criticism in this regard. He said that funds have been provided generously for the development projects in the province due to which these projects have become strong symbol of welfare and development. He said that Punjab province has set an example with regard to high quality, transparency and timely completion of development works throughout the country. He said that after Kalma Chowk Flyover, high quality of construction has also been maintained in Muslim Town Flyover. The Chief Minister disclosed that a petrol pump of his relative which came in the way of Kalma Chowk Flyover project was also demolished. He said that if we have to make progress, we would have to move forward by following the principles of honesty, sincerity and hardworking. We should keep in mind that public welfare projects are the hope of bright future of Pakistan and in this way we can change the darkness into light, he added. The Chief Minister said that if the people elected Pakistan Muslim League-N in the next general elections, we will overcome the energy crisis within three years. He also announced a cash prize of Rs.20 lakh for the labourers who took part in the construction of Muslim Town Flyover. Regretting the inconvenience caused to the citizens due to construction of Muslim Town Flyover, Shahbaz Sharif said that it was a temporary inconvenience which has now become a permanent convenience.
Earlier, Secretary Communication & Works Azam Suleman informed about various features of Muslim Town Flyover project. The Chief Minister formally inaugurated the project. Provincial Ministers, Assembly Members, senior officers of NLC, NESPAK, Communication & Works Department, District Administration and a large number of people were also present on this occasion.
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