Lahore: Usman Buzdar, the Chief Minister, lay the foundation stone for the Rs. 4.23 billion Shahkam Chowk flyover on Tuesday. The chief minister, speaking at the event, said the Punjab government was committed to balanced development so that everyone could benefit. He stated that the government’s aim was to improve the poor’s quality of life through the provision of opportunities.
The signal-free flyover will make it easier for 125,000 cars to pass each day. The 606-meter two-sided (three lanes on each side) project would take ten months to construct, saving Rs. 390 million in land acquisition and transparent tendering. Under this project, a six-kilometre long Defence Road will also be dualised from Labour Colony to Multan Road along with the construction of small bridges at the Hudiara Drain and canal.
The Ravi River Urban Development Project and the Central Business District will turn Lahore into a world-class city. He added that, in addition to the construction of a children’s health university, a mother and child block at Ganga Ram Hospital will be constructed with Rs. 7 billion.
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A new general hospital would cost Rs. 14 billion, while water treatment plants will cost Rs. 10 billion at Mahmood Booti, Shahdara, and Shadbagh. The CM stated that building of a multi-story parking plaza near the Civil Secretariat was being started to further relieve traffic in the city while giving further specifics regarding the PTI government’s development record.