Bahawalpur: The Cantonment Board of Bahawalpur has accomplished a record recovery of nearly Rs 900 million in tax arrears this year, compared to Rs. 150 million last year in various headings. Cantonment Board (CB) executive officer Rana Ramiz Shafqat told Dawn that the board has never recovered such a large sum in the taxation sector before.

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He stated that the recovery of board taxes, rentals of its retail plazas, shops, contractual buildings, and open parks has been increased with the goal of making the CB financially sustainable and allowing it to give the maximum basic services to the people of the CB’s five wards.

With the rise in board income, Rana Ramiz Shafqat said the board was striving to enhance road infrastructure in the five wards.

Four major roads, including Sarwar Shaheed, Aziz Bhatti Shaheed Shabeer Sharif in Model Town A’s affluent neighbourhood, and Malook Shah Road, would be renovated at a cost of Rs 40 million, according to him.

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He claimed that financial help from the Punjab government was on the way for installing under-ground sewage pipelines on Ahmedpur East Road, and that certain elected MPs had pledged to get the money released. Parks and playgrounds within the city cantonment limits that are under CB’s control have also been renovated, he added.

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