Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Thursday laid the foundation stone of the Sheranwala Gate flyover which would be completed with a cost of Rs5 billion and announced to name it after Sufi saint of Lahore Ali Hajveri Data Ganj Bakhsh.
While paying tribute to the rich history, culture and traditions of the historic city of Lahore, he said Sheranwala Gate is situated in the periphery of historical places like Minar-e-Pakistan, Lahore Fort and the shrine of Data Ganj Bakhsh to connect the new and old localities.
“Parking plazas will be constructed in Lahore where needed,” he announced. There is a dire need to initiate development work in the walled city and the PTI-led government has taken a lead in this regard,” he continued.
“This fourth project is imperative to overcome traffic issues. Laal Shahbaz Qalandar Underpass has been completed, Gulab Devi Underpass will be completed before time and the Shahkam Chowk overhead bridge project was near completion,” he said.
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The government has saved Rs270 million through transparent tendering and 130,000 vehicles will use this facility daily, he remarked.
The LDA will complete this project before time and parking plazas will be constructed around Sherawala Gate, Masti Gate and Ik Moria Pul to accommodate 1,000 vehicles parking, he stated.
While giving details of the development work being done by the government, the CM said mother and child block at Ganga Ram Hospital will be completed with a cost of Rs7 billion, a new 1,000-bed general hospital will be constructed at Ferozepur Road and 400-bed emergency blocks will be built at the Services Hospital, Jinnah Hospital and Ferozepur Road.
Buzdar expressed deep sorrow over the loss of lives and properties in an earthquake in Balochistan.
He also extended support to the Balochistan government for the rescue operation, adding that the Punjab government will provide complete support to rescue the earthquake victims.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 8th, 2021.