Govt to speed up disbursement of funds for uplift projects: Shafqat

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LAHORE: The Prime Minister Imran Khan-led government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will speed up disbursement of funds for development projects, said Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood. 

Addressing the inaugural ceremony of Lahore Eastern Bypass on Saturday, he said the government would complete all targets of development projects.  “All the projects and schemes of the previous government will be completed and new will be initiated,” he added. He said the eastern bypass will facilitate a large number of people.  

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Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif laid the foundation stone of Lahore Eastern Bypass Project at Kala Shah Kaku in 2016. The six-lane 16.5 km-long project will cost Rs28 billion and will connect with Lahore Ring Road some 3.3 kilometres away from Niazi Interchange.

The bypass, starting from Mehmood Booti Interchange at Lahore Ring Road, would culminate at Kala Shah Kaku Interchange — the junction of GT Road and Lahore-Islamabad Motorway.

The construction of the bypass would facilitate the traffic at GT Road moving towards eastern and northern Lahore. It will also divert the traffic load besides curbing the heavy flow of traffic between Kala Shah Kaku and Lahore at Ravi Bridge and GT Road.

Keeping in view the Punjab government’s proposed Shahi Bagh Park Project, this bypass is said to open up avenues for the development of tourism and trade in the area.

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