LAHORE– Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar presided over a high-level meeting at the CM office here on Monday.
During the meeting proposals regarding performance of the Housing & Urban Development Department as well as providing better and improved facilities to the citizens were reviewed.
Usman Buzdar while addressing the participants in the meeting said that Housing & Urban Development Department will be harmonized with modern requirements because the role of Housing & Urban Development Department is pivotal with regard to providing better facilities in the cities, he added.
The department will have to focus on modern urban planning and development. WASA will be made an independent authority and will also be granted autonomy, he added.
He also directed to put up final plan in this regard. After reviewing matters of commercialization in residential areas, concrete recommendations should be submitted, he directed.
Committee has been constituted to review DC rates of property. The committee will submit its final recommendations within 15 days under the supervision of Provincial Finance Minister.
Aab Pak Authority has been constituted in order to provide clean water to the people of Punjab, he added. A proposal was also being submitted during the meeting to transfer the assets and other related matters of Saaf Pani Company being established during previous tenure to Aab Pak Authority.
Usman Buzdar said that clean water is the basic right of every citizen. The PTI government will leave no stone unturned regarding ensuring provision of clean water to the citizens, he stressed. The water quality of water plants will be improved. We will have to move ahead by learning a lesson from past mistakes, he stated.
By performing matters according to rules and regulations and in a transparent manner, provision of clean water is to be ensured to the citizens, he added. He said that a mega programme is going to be launched in order to improve sewerage system in Lahore.
Programme for bringing improvement in sewerage system through Tunnel boring will cost Rs. 14 billion. He was also informed during the briefing that the office of Aab Pak Authority will not be set up in a rented building but in some official building.
Secretary Housing & Urban Development gave a detailed briefing to the Chief Minister regarding performance of the department and providing better civic facilities to the citizens.
Provincial Minister Mian Mahmood-ur-Rasheed, Hashim Jawan Bakht, Advisor to CM Dr. Salman Shah, Chief Secretary, Member National Assembly Khuram Shehzad, Principal Secretary to CM, Head of Special Monitoring Unit, concerned secretaries and other high officials participated in the meeting.
Citizenry from various cities calls on CM Punjab
People from different cities called on Chief Minster Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar at his office. He listened to problems of the people and ordered to resolve them on-the-spot.
Usman Buzdar said that he does not care for criticism and is only advancing forward the mission of providing public service. Common people of the province are my asset and I want to listen to their problems personally, he added.
No hurdle will be tolerated with regard to resolving problems of common people, he stressed. In the past provision of basic facilities to the public were being ignored. The elite had been awarded favours during the previous tenures and national resources were being wasted on artificial projects, he stated.
PTI government has focused on providing basic needs to the people. Open door policy is being implemented in offices in order to resolve problems of common man, he maintained. I myself undertake visits to review problems of common man and take immediate steps for resolving their problems.
He said that we have not come up with any other agenda and doing public service is our sole objective. PTI government is undertaking such welfare projects which were ignored by previous governments.
CM message on martyrs anniversary of 2005 earthquake
Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar said that 8th October 2005 horrible earthquake brought massive catastrophe and caused loss of thousands of precious lives. People could not forget massive destruction brought about owing to that horrible earthquake even after 14 years.
Usman Buzdar in his message on the anniversary of earthquake martyrs of October 2005 said that we express our profound sympathies with the family members of deceased persons who lost their precious lives in that tragic horrible earthquake. By adopting effective preventive measures can reduce the risks of natural calamities, he added.
Concerned departments will have to be equipped with modern training and technology in order to cope with natural calamities, he stressed.
He said that Punjab Disaster Management Authority and Rescue 1122 have also been established on modern lines. PTI government deems its fundamental obligation to safeguard and protect lives of the people.
Providing awareness to the general public is highly essential in order to deal with any untoward or natural calamity. Fruitful results can only be achieved by utilizing modern technology with regard to disaster management, he added.
Effective response mechanism is essential in case of coping with any natural calamity and trained human resource plays a pivotal role in disaster management, he concluded.— PRESS HANDOUT