The Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mahmood Khan on Sunday has called the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cities Improvement Project as an excellent public welfare project. CM Khan further directed the relevant authorities to ensure practical progress on several packages under the project as per the fixed timeline.
He said that, “This project will prove to be a vital milestone in providing the best civic services and recreational facilities to the people in the divisional headquarters.”
Along with this, Chief Secretary Dr Shahzad Bangash, Administrative Secretaries of concerned departments, along with , Additional Chief Secretary Shahab Ali Shah, Project Director KP Sup and other concerned officials attended the meeting.
Following the meeting, it was told that for the provision of clean drinking water in the five divisional headquarters of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, construction of parks as well as recreational areas, proper disposal of drainage and garbage and provision of other civic facilities.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cities Improvement Project (KPCIP) has been launched with an estimated cost of Rs 97 billion and progress is being made as per the time frame. It should be highlighted that under the project, Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has officially laid the foundation stone of three different projects in Abbottabad a few days ago, including restoration of water supply system and establishment of new water treatment plant as well as Sherwan Adventure Family Park & Cricket, which includes construction of ground and uplifting of old market Abbottabad City.
The following projects will be completed at an estimated cost of 11 billion 68 crore rupees. Apart from this, the plans for the establishment of recreational parks/areas in Kohat, Mardan, Mingora along with the Peshawar. Whereas, the plants for the establishment of sewage treatment plant in Kohat are also completely ready for implementation, which will be officially launched soon.
But it will be completed at an estimated cost of 9 billion rupees. Apart from this, the agreement have been signed for the implementation of water supply systems in Kohat and Peshawar at the cost of 7.5 billion rupees, sewage treatment plant in Mardan at a cost of 8.3 billion rupees and water supply network projects in Mingora at a cost of 20 billion rupees.
While the mobilization advance guarantee is in the process of confirmation, after the completion of these projects, the work on these projects will be officially launched. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister added that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cities Improvement Project is a mega project of the provincial government, which is timely, and quality completion is a priority of the provincial government.
He directed to complete the ongoing process of purchase of equipment and machinery required under certain packages of the project at a high speed and clarified that the formal foundation of work on the remaining packages of the project will also be laid in this case. The machinery will be mobilized to the respective site.
The Chief Minister said that this is an important project of the provincial government, the completion of which will bring substantial improvement in the biennial headquarters and provide the public with the best civic facilities apart from recreational parks.
He mentioned that the provincial government believes in fair & efficient use of public resources. The City’s Improvement Project is also a practical manifestation of the government’s above mentioned structure. The Chief Minister said that development schemes have been devised keeping in mind the requirements of the various divisional headquarters of the province and the problems faced by the citizens.
The main objective is to streamline the process of providing basic needs and amenities to the people. The Chief Minister further said that the positive results of the measures taken by the present provincial government for public welfare and development are coming.
He added that work is underway on over dozens of projects in the fields of health, drinking water, irrigation, industry, tourism and civic services, with the completion of which people will feel a clear change in their lives.