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Greater Iqbal Park project is of vital importance: CM

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif presided over a high-level meeting on Thursday, which reviewed the matters regarding Greater Iqbal Park Project.
Addressing the meeting, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that Greater Iqbal Park Project is of vital importance for highlighting Pakistan Movement and its importance. He said that work should be carried out speedily on this project of historical importance. He said that no compromise will be made on this project and this project will be state-of-the-art. He said that a separate authority will be set up for the implementation of the project.
The Chief Minister said that a museum will also be set up with regard to Tehrik-e-Pakistan in which pictures of heroes of Pakistan Movement will be displayed while special programmes will be held for highlighting the aim and objectives of Pakistan Movement. He said that maximum recreational facilities will be provided to the people under Greater Iqbal Park Project. He said that a train and a buggy will also be operated in the park while separate place will be allocated for children for playing. He said that an open air gym will be set up in the park.
The Chief Minister said that all matters regarding the project will be outsourced and third party audit will be compulsory for ensuring transparency and high standard. He said that Greater Iqbal Park Project will not only play an important role in highlighting the culture and historical heritage of Lahore but will also help in informing the new generation about the importance of Pakistan Movement and the efforts and services of national heroes. He said that landscaping of the entire project in modern and old style will be carried out while a lake will also be developed in Greater Iqbal Park Project.
Turk experts while appreciating master planning of Greater Iqbal Park Project described it as splendid. They said that Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz has evolved a glorious project for transferring the historical heritage of Pakistan to the new generations and the vision of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif regarding this great project is laudable. Turk experts also assured all out cooperation with regard to Greater Iqbal Park Project.
Chairman Lahore Transport Company Ahmed Hassan, Vice Chairman PHA Iftikhar Ahmed, DG Lahore Walled City Project, Secretary Housing, Commissioner Lahore and DCO Lahore, LDA DG, PHA DG, NESPAK MD and Turk experts attended the meeting. Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that potable water is the right of every citizen and Punjab government will give this right to the people through Saaf Pani Project. He said that Saaf Pani Project is directly linked with the health of the masses and this project is of vital importance in this regard.
He said that an amount of 70 billion rupees will be spent during the next three years on this project of public interest. He said that work will be carried out on this big project speedily while transparency and standard will also be maintained. The chief minister expressed these views while presiding over a high level meeting on Thursday which reviewed the progress of Punjab Saaf Pani Project. Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that potable water will become available to more than four crore people of villages of Punjab during next three years. He said that a sum of 11 billion rupees will be spent on Saaf Pani Project during current fiscal year. He said that work on this project has been started in four districts of Bahawalpur region of South Punjab including Bahawalnagar, Rahim Yar Khan, Lodhran and Bahawalpur.
Provincial Minister for Finance Dr. Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, MNA Hamza Shahbaz, Chairman Planning & Development, secretaries, Finance, Housing, Law, Information and the new and former chief executive officers of the project were present in the meeting. Shahbaz Sharif presided over a high level meeting on Thursday which reviewed various proposals for reforms in police system, change of Thana culture and improvement of efficiency of police.
Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that protection of life and property of the people and redressal of their grievances is the prime responsibility of police. He said that police will have to come up to the new demands and public aspirations. He said that grievances of common man should be redressed in police stations. He said that controlling of crimes and rooting out of criminal elements is the basic duty of police.
The chief minister said that common man is the pivot of proposed reforms in police system whose grievances should be redressed in police stations. He said that strict system of accountability of police is also necessary. He said that useful proposals have been presented for improvement in police system and directed that final recommendations should be submitted in the light of these proposals.