Today is a historic occasion when the foundation stone of the south Punjab secretariat has been laid while fulfilling the long-standing demands of the people. I am thankful to PM Imran Khan and the construction and timely completion of the south Punjab secretariat in Multan will be ensured. Similarly, the foundation stone of the south Punjab secretariat will be laid soon in Bahawalpur. South Punjab was kept deprived in the past and people were deceived through fudge figures. The utilizing of the development budget in south Punjab was not more than 17 per cent in the past but the incumbent government has allocated and ringfenced 33 per cent funds for southern Punjab. This was stated by Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar while addressing the ceremony of laying the foundation stone of the south Punjab secretariat and announcement of the Multan Development Package in Multan on Monday. The CM said that more than 27 thousand schools, including 38 per cent from south Punjab, have been upgraded. Meanwhile, PTI inherited unfinished projects worth 1300 billion and these schemes are being completed to facilitate the people. The people of south Punjab have entrusted the PTI and the development of Multan is a priority agenda of the government. Under the district development package, he said hundred development schemes will be completed in Multan including 47 roads, 23 supply and disposal of water, 9 educational, 6 healthcare and other departments' projects. Work has been started on several projects and timely completion will be ensured, he added.
The CM said that development projects costing 78.72 crore rupees will be completed under the local government development programme in Multan. 4 development schemes of 3.31 billion have been inaugurated in Multan including e-khidmat centre, shelter home, urban forest and labour housing colony in an industrial estate. 992 flats are being given to labourers in the labour housing colony, he added. He said that foundation stone of 5 schemes has been laid with an amount of 8.97 billion in Multan including dual Mattital road, shelter home, 200-bed mother and child hospital, similarly, the expansion of Multan-Vehari Road will be completed with a cost of 18 billion in PPP mode, he added. The CM said the south Punjab secretariat will be completed with 3.54 billion rupees adding that ACS and additional IG have been posted while the number of departments has been increased for the south Punjab secretariat. Meanwhile, legislation is being made to allocate job quota for south Punjab's youth. Meanwhile, separate service tribunal and drug courts will be established for south Punjab. Two drug courts will be established in Sahiwal and DG Khan respectively along with the establishment of a service tribunal, intellectual property rights courts and environment tribunal. The CM said 316 schools, including 269 girls schools, are being upgraded in Multan with a cost of 73.85 crore rupees. Similarly, needy youth is given loans worth more than 35 crore rupees in Multan under Punjab Rozgar Scheme and facility this will continue. The Punjab government is providing direct subsidy to farmers through Kisan Cards for agri-inputs. The latest agri-machinery worth 47 crores has been provided to farmers at a subsidized rate, he said and further stated that crops' insurance programme will be continued. More tractors will be given under Punjab Rozgar Scheme, he added.
The CM said the Punjab Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project of around 90 billion rupees is being started from this year in collaboration with the world bank in 16 tehsils of the province, including 8 tehsils of south Punjab, to complete projects related to supply and drainage of water in villages. 11 billion rupees will be spent on water supply, sewerage, solid waste management, street lights, roads and parks in the next two years in Vehari, Burewala, Khanewal, Kot Addu and Bahawalnagar under Punjab Cities Project, he added. District Jail will be relocated to Mattital Road and the existing land will be converted into a park, he disclosed. 1.50 billion rupees are being allocated in the next financial year budget, he added. Spadework on the relocation of the grain market, truck stands and iron market in Multan has been completed as it would resolve traffic problems, he added. Northern Bypass, from Bosan Road to Head Muhammadwala, will be dualized; he said and revealed that NHA will complete this project. 30 Kanal land has been provided from the police line to expand the district courts. District Courts will be given 20 Kanal while 26 Kanal land is being given for the expansion of the High Court. Meanwhile, 6 Kanal land has already been given, he added. The CM said that a new judicial complex will be constructed and two basement parking plazas are being constructed for lawyers. Meanwhile, funds are being given for the expansion of Abdali Road, Circular Road, Hussain Agahi Road and roads in the centre of the city. Expansion of Violence Against Women Center has also been completed, he further said.
The CM affirmed Multan Municipal Corporation has been given the status of Metropolitan corporation and the construction of Nishtar-2 has also been started by the PTI government. OPD will be inaugurated this year while the project will be completed before June 2023 with a cost of 8.84 billion. The new OPD of Multan Institute of Cardiology will be made functional this year with a cost of 3.14 billion, he said. The cancer ward is completed in Nishtar Hospital and machinery is being installed. The pharmacy project will be completed next month at 40 crore rupees. Along with it, a new building of DHQ Hospital Multan has been completed near Shershah Bypass with a cost of 1.67 billion rupees and medical equipment is being procured. He said 1 billion rupees is earmarked for Multan University of Engineering and Technology and Government Emerson College Multan has also been given the status of a university. A BS Block is being constructed there as well, he continued. The CM said that Astroturf ground will be constricted at Mattital Road in Multan to promote the game of hockey with a cost of more than 45 crore rupees. The model cattle market is being constructed with a cost of 49 crores and the child protection institute is being built with a cost of 31 crores to provide shelter to abandoned children. A flyover will be built on Madni Chowk with 74 crores and 2.84 billion rupees will be spent for constriction of flyover at railway line in-between Nadirabad Phatak and Industrial Estate. 25 per cent work of linking Shershah Bypass with Motorway M4 has been completed, he said. 59 crore rupees are being spent on this project, he said. The regional campus of the MPDD Department will be completed in Multan next year for 50 crore rupees. He said that 28 KM long village-to-market roads have been completed with a cost of 35 crore rupees and 37 crore rupees will be spent on repair and maintenance of 25 KM long roads from village-to-markets. Similarly, the government will complete 13 sewerage projects in different areas of Multan with an amount of 11 billion rupees. New disposal stations will be constructed and new sewerage lines will also be laid under these schemes, he said. The days of deprivation and poverty of south Punjab are over and new chapters of development of south Punjab and the whole of the country will be written under the leadership of PM Imran Khan, concluded the CM.