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Punjab: Master plan of Urban Development projects to be prepared

LAHORE: Punjab Finance Minister Hashim Jawan Bkahat instructed the planning and development board to prepare the master plan of the Urban Development projects and keep the all stakeholders on board while making the plans.

The minister chairing a meeting of the foreign funded projects here on Thursday said that judicious utilization of resources was crucial to increase the foreign investment in the province besides provisional of facilities to the partners for timely completion of the projects. He believed that fixing the completion period of these projects and reviewing and monitoring the projects will enhance the performance of the department and helpful in resolving the issues easily.

The meeting was attended by the Chairman Planning and Development Board Habib-ur-Rehman Gillani, Asian Development Bank and World Bank representatives and other officials concern. The minister observed that the partnership of the international institutions in the development projects of the Punjab was proved of their trust in the province. Punjab Disaster Management Authority official briefed the meeting about ongoing management of flood water, while irrigation department official updated about Trimu and Punjnad upgradtion projects. Secretary Energy briefed about the Solar Power generation projects under access of clean energy projects under which 42000 schools and 2218 Basic Health Units (BHUs) will be upgraded. He informed that the PC-I of the project was prepared while design will be approved in this month after while project will be formally launched. Further Public Private Partnership (PPP) official said that international partners were updated about establishment of PPP Authority in Punjab.

The minister instructed that all departments should fix the timelines for their responsibilities in the projects and review their projects performance accordingly. He instructed proper monitoring of the projects and also maintains the records of delays due to the partners in the projects.

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