PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister (CM) Mahmood Khan has termed Chashma Right Bank Lift Canal (CRBC) project of vital importance for the food security of the province, and directed the quarters concerned to complete the project’s prerequisites by March 2022, so that the project could be put on ground next year.
He was chairing a meeting regarding progress on mega developmental projects held here the other day at Chief Minister House Peshawar. Senior officials of Urban Development, Revenue, Planning & Development, Communications & Works, finance, irrigation, and other relevant departments attended the meeting.
The meeting was informed that under the public-private partnership mode execution of 22 different mega projects was planned including Peshawar D.I. Khan Motorway, acquisition of land for Dir Motorway and other important projects. It was told that schemes for beautification and uplift of different cities, establishment of public parks, infrastructure development, establishment of Tehsil complexes on need basis, construction of roads were proposed for inclusion in next ADP.
It was further told that a separate scheme was proposed for urban development in the newly merged districts adding that concerned deputy commissioners would present a comprehensive plan in consultation with the relevant departments to this effect which would be implemented on priority.
Similarly, construction and rehabilitation of rural approach roads in merged areas would also be the part of the upcoming ADP.
Keeping in view the provincial government’s priorities for accelerated development of agriculture sector, all the schemes planned under agriculture transformation plan were also being included in the ADP of next fiscal year whereas a separate scheme has been proposed for agriculture transformation in merged areas.
The authorities also told the meeting that a project regarding development of new tourists sites in the province would be included, adding that work was in full swing on establishing play grounds in seven merged districts whereas a new scheme for establishing new grounds has also been proposed.
Briefing about the proposed development plan for next year, high ups of the board of revenue said that due for completion schemes would be completed on priority further stating that hiring of patwaris through ETEA, induction of female patwaris and skills training of existing patwaris on modern lines were the important steps of the department.
Furthermore, CM Mahmood Khan directed the relevant quarters to complete land acquisition process for Swat Motorway Phase-II in next two to three months in order to ensure timely progress on project.
The chief minister further directed to finalise the mechanism for execution of Swat Motorway Phase-II project and take necessary steps for swift approval of its financing mode from the relevant forum.
The chief minister, while directing the relevant authorities to pay particular attention to urban development in newly merged districts, said that provision of civics facilities to the people of merged districts and addressal of their issues was among the targets of the provincial government.