Peshawar: Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has said that Peshawar is the face of the province and identity of all of us and its development is our bounden duty adding that we will make efforts day and night to revive the glory of this city and turn it into the city of flowers again. He said that y developing the metropolitan into a modern and clean city we would prove to the world that the inhabitants of this city were able, civilized, clean and neat.
He expressed these views while talking to a delegation of the traders of Peshawar city and cantt headed by MPAs Arif Yousuf and Javed Nasim at CM Secretariat Peshawar who apprised him of the problems faced by the trader community. Deputy Commissioner Peshawar Zaheerul Islam, CCPO Peshawar Ejaz Ahmad, Administrator Peshawar Municipal Corporation Rasheed Ahmad and other concerned authorities were also present.
Pervez Khattak maintained that restoration of peace in the region was the top most priority of his government so that industrial and business activities could be started adding that we could materialize the dream of restoring the past glory of Peshawar city as the business gateway to central Asia, and the traders needed to shoulder the efforts of the provincial government to that effect.
Pervez Khattak informed the delegation that work on plantation on the both the sides of main roads, green belts, street lights in bazaars and ensuring sanitation had been started on solid grounds and now the bazaars and streets of the city will be as bright as day light during the night time adding that in the upcoming spring season there will be greenery and flowers seen all around.
Besides, the expansion of roads and improving the traffic arrangements, the provincial government is seriously considering of undertaking projects of shuttle train and mass transit in the city and the matter of laying double railway track from city to Karkhano market has been taken up with the railway authorities whereas considerable progress has been made on mono train service from GT road to Hayatabad; informed the chief minister and added that all the pipelines of drinking water in the city were being replaced so that the citizens could be saved from diseases caused by the use of contaminated water.
On the demand of traders leaders Malik Abdullah, Zafar Khattak, Sheikh Abdul Razzaq and Sadiq Amin, the Chief Minister announced to make cumulative payment of Rs. 28.50 million to the affectees of Qissa Khwani bomb blast that took place on 29 September last year and stressed upon the trader leaders and the deputy commissioner to ensure that the amount of compensation does not go to the wrong hands.
He also apprised the delegation of the measures taken by the provincial government to resolve traffic issues, improve security situation and to curb the street crimes in Peshawar city and cantonment areas upon which the traders community expressed their satisfaction.
The chief minister urged upon the traders community to cooperate with the administration in this regard. He issued directives to the quarters concerned to take measures to remove encroachments on Shahi Katha make parking arrangements there. Similarly he also asked for improving the cleanliness in bazaars and paving a number of drains and culvers in bazaars of Peshawar city and Cantonment.