Rs100m for replacing power lines in Peshawar
PESHAWAR, Feb 5: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to address the problem of the dangling electric wires and cables in different parts of Peshawar to ensure safety of public life and property and overcome power tripping.
“Rs100 million has already been released for the project,” special adviser to chief minister Haroon Bilour said during the ‘Guest Hour Programme’ at Peshawar Press Club here on Tuesday.
The special adviser said faulty power transformers would be replaced and work in this respect would begin in Aasia Gate area.
He said another scheme of municipal volunteers would be launched in University Town and Gulbahar areas within the next 10 days to ensure cleanliness.
Mr Bilour said quality dustbins would be installed at different places where the people could throw garbage and the municipal staff easily dispose it of.
He said municipal volunteers would create public awareness of how to prevent the throwing of garbage into drains and dropping it inside bins.
The special adviser said all development projects in the capital city initiated by his slain father and senior minister in the province, Bashir Bilour, would be completed before the general elections as the assemblies were likely to be dissolved in the middle of March.
He said the government had done a lot for the welfare of the people despite the fact that major portion of the annual budget was spent on law and order issues as terrorism was the major issue confronting the province.
He said Awami National Party had given the sacrifice of over 700 workers, a senior minister and several MPAs but continued its efforts for safety of public life and property and against the war on terrorism.
Mr Bilour said the federal government had failed to give any additional special funds to the province against terrorism and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had to do every thing at its own to provide relief to the citizens.
He said Election Commission of Pakistan has imposed ban on development schemes but projects pertaining to municipal services would be completed for the wellbeing of the people. Many of the projects, he said had been approved by his father and he was looking after them to ensure early completion of the schemes.
The special adviser said the Arbab Sikandar Khan Khalil Flyover had been completed within a record time but pedestrians were facing problems in crossing the road and therefore, an underpass would be built.
Mentioning a number of schemes initiated or planned by his father as senior minister, he said the recently installed powerful grid station at Rasheed Garhi would help overcome the low voltage of powers.
Education City at posh Hayatabad, he added, was in the pipeline to remove educational institutions from residential areas and establish a separate city for educational institutions.
Mr Haroon said drainage system in the city would be improved with assistance of USAid, while availability of potable water would be ensured by replacing rusted pipes.
He said water filtration plants would be installed in tube wells and rescue services would be improved by induction of 19 new fire engines very soon.
The special adviser said PDA has been directed to expedite construction work on City Circular and Ring Road, while the local government hospitals had also been facilitated to overcome the growing public needs and ensure provision of healthcare facilities to visitors.
About the improvement of recreational facilities, he said work to restore historical Shahi Bagh had been initiated and that a zoo would be established on the premises.
Mr Bilour said an order had been placed for import of mechanical sweepers to maintain hygienic conditions in the city. He said a charity trust in the name of Bashir Bilour would be established to provide free education to children whose fathers were killed along with his father (Bashir Bilour).
He said families of other war victims would also be supported.