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PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has formally approved three new projects to be implemented under the Peshawar Uplift Programme Phase-II in addition to directing the District Administration to launch a grand and strict crackdown against professional beggars throughout the province.

Chairing a meeting regarding Peshawar Uplift Programme Phase-II, the Chief Minister directed the concerned to ensure timely completion of Hayatabad trail and other ongoing schemes under the scheme, further directing them to have a proper Maintenance and Management Plan to make these initiatives worthwhile and sustainable. The Chief Minister directed the district administration to take pragmatic steps to discourage and root out professional beggary which has become a nuisance not only for locals but also for people visiting the provincial capital from other districts and provinces.

Provincial Minister for Finance & Health Taimur Saleem Jhagra, Provincial Minister for Local government Faisal Amin Gandapur, MPA Pir Fida, Additional Chief Secretary Shahab Ali Shah, Principal Secretary to CM Amjad Ali Khan, concerned administrative secretaries, Commissioner Peshawar Division Riaz Mehsud, Deputy Commissioner Peshawar, Director General PDA, Director Archeology and other concerned official attended the meeting.

While briefing the Chief Minister about the progress on the ongoing projects under the Peshawar Uplift Programme, it was informed that designing and planning of 20 various schemes have been completed and approved whereas tenders of these schemes would also be floated soon.

According to details, 6km long Hayatabad Trail would be completed at an estimated cost of Rs803 million which would have the state of the art recreational facilities including Jogging & Cycle tracks, green belts, public toilets, Tuk Shops, Kid Zone, sit outs, Open Gym, Futsal, Amphitheatre, Badminton & Basketball courts, Library, Ladies Gym, Skating area etc. It would be a unique trail of its kind having four entry points at different sites connecting all the phases of Hayatabad.

Other projects under the programme include Iqra Chowk (Island-1), Pak Avenue on University Road, Park Avenue from University Town to Teegah Chowk, Park Avenue (road from town entrance till Iranian Consulate), beautification of Palosai road intersection, beautification of Palosai Road from University Road to Peshawar Zoo, uplifting of University road from KTH to University Model College and establishment of park/playgrounds at Umar Gul road.

Similarly, conservation and preservation of Agriculture Training Institute, Mahafiz Khana and Government Hasnain Shaheed School No.1 would also be carried out through Archaeology Department. Besides newly identified schemes to be executed in second phase include Rehabilitation and Uplifting of Kabali Gate to Qissa Khwani Bazar, Qissa Khwani Bazar to Chowk Yadgar to Ghanta Ghar, Andar Shehar Bazar Road from University Model College to Karkhano market and Establishment of Parking Plaza in Khyber Teaching Hospital.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

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Rebirth Sep 23, 2022 09:48am
We need to expand our trade with Central Asia. We need train tracks linking us to Mazar-i Sharif onwards to Central Asia. Also, waterways connecting us from River Indus to River Swat and River Kabul. We don’t have time for Buzdar plus or Mahmood Khan’s shenanigans.
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