Peshawar: KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has reiterated pledge of his PTI-led coalition govt that uplift and beautification of Peshawar will not be compromised at any cost. Its charm, said was plaque by the past rulers but we will revive its past glory.
He said a number of mega projects in provincial metropolis under Peshawar Uplift and beautification plan will be implemented. It includes start of work on main two corridors of mass transit with launching of metro bus service one costing Rs 7b, beautification and widening of the main roads of the city on the pattern of developed cities and other projects for the development of the historical city.
Similarly, a number of related projects for the construction of roads, bridges, parks, picnic spots, supply of clean drinking water, drainage, streamlining the traffic system, plantation and rehabilitation of the cultural heritage of the city costing trillion of rupees are in pipeline under the Peshawar Urban Planning Program. Widening of the main roads of the city with green belts on both sides, construction of parks, walking tracks, multipurpose sports stadiums and cycling tracks in the city are the other main components of the program.
He was chairing meeting to review the Peshawar Uplift and Beautification Program at Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar. The meeting took stock of the pace and quality of work on the ongoing projects under the program wherein a number of decisions were made.
Besides provincial Minister and focal person mega projects Ziaullah Afridi, Parliamentary Secretary P&D Mian Khaliqur Rehman, MNA Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq. Secretaries of Local Government, Finance, C&W, Housing, Irrigation and high ups of PDA, Municipal Corporation, other concerned departments and consultants attended the meeting.
Pervez Khattak asked for making the development plan comprehensive and ensuring quality work on it. He said all departments have to achieve targets. He assured that funds for all mega schemes are available and hence scarcity of resources must not be hurdle in this regard. He said Peshawar remained city of flowers and gardens and we had to revive its historical glory at all costs.
On this occasion the participants were briefed about the programs chalked out for the beautification and development of the capital city. It was told that in connection with widening the highways of the city, the Jamrud Road was being widened to four lanes with mixing the service roads on both sides as well right from Karkhano to phase-III Hayatabad, Rehmanbaba squire G.T Road to Nasirpur.
Likewise BoIT has started work on laying carpet road for rapid bus service from Nasirpur GT Road to Karkhano Hayatabad that will be completed in one year with estimated cost of Rs 7 billion. About 81 rapid buses will play every 5 minutes on this route that will reach end points in 45 minutes only while ambulances and fire-brigade vehicles will be also allowed on it.
In addition special provision will be made for bus stops, traffic signals/sign boards and pedestrian crossings including level crossing, zebra crossing and pedestrian overheads at every suitable point on all the roads in the city.
Regarding the measures for the beautification of canals passing through the city, it was informed that green belts, foot-paths and walk ways would be constructed on the banks of canals to turn them into recreation spots for the locals. Design has been prepared in collaboration with the irrigation department.
In order to improve the municipal services in the city, sanitary vehicles, machines and other equipments will be provided to 25 urban union councils of Peshawar. The supply of clean drinking water to Peshwarites will be ensured while public toilets will be constructed at various places of the city. Race track would also be built in Hayatabad for youth.
With the view to streamline the traffic system of the city, separate Transport Engineering and Planning Unit will be streamlined. In addition Bus Terminal, General Bus Stand, Charsadda Bus stand and Kohat Bus Stand would be upgraded to provide modern facilities of transport to the masses. The authorities assured the Chief Minister that all the process of feasibilities as well as timely and quality completion of these mega projects would be ensured with a missionary zeal.