Rs380 million approved for road expansion in Kohat

Rs380 million approved for road expansion in Kohat

Rs380 million approved for road expansion in Kohat. After a two-decade wait, the provincial government has finally sanctioned Rs380 million to develop the road between Kutcheri Chowk and PAF Square, following an agreement with the army on barracks demolition.

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The widening of the congested route would assist in alleviating traffic congestion in Kohat.

Mansoor Khan, the public relations officer for Shehryar Afridi, the chairman of the parliamentary committee on Kashmir, told Dawn Saturday that they would finish the project in three parts. He also stated that they would develop good parking spots to enable a smooth traffic flow in the congested area.

Mr. Mansoor stated that the road would cost Rs80 million in total, with the remaining funds being used to compensate businesses, market owners, and the army. He stated that the road expansion project had been stalled for the better part of two decades.

Arab Jan, deputy chief warden, told Dawn that the busiest road was only approximately 15 to 18 feet wide at times, resulting in traffic congestion. According to him, vehicles waited for more than a half-hour to travel a one-kilometer stretch of road owing to gridlocks, despite the deployment of wardens at several locations. Rs380 million has been sanctioned for the expansion of a road in Kohat.

The traffic warden stated that three years ago, the communication and works department designated markets and stores to be pushed back several feet at various spots to accommodate road expansion.

The project’s clearance had been delayed due to a disagreement between the government and the army over the expense of the barracks placed on the left side of the road between Martyrs’ Square and the King Gate. Rs380 million has been sanctioned for the expansion of a road in Kohat.

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Rs 1 billion in projects have been completed by RCB

Rs 1 billion in projects have been completed by RCB

Rs 1 billion in projects have been completed by RCB. On Tuesday, a statement issued by the Rawalpindi Cantonment Board Cantonment Executive Officer Umer Farooq Ali Malik stated that the Rawalpindi Cantonment Board had completed development projects in cantonment regions worth Rs1 billion.

In addition, he stated that the carpeting of Kashmir Road and Adam Jee Road had been completed, as had the construction of two parking lots for visitors to Saddar, where parking will be provided free of charge.

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During his tour to several sections of the cantonment to inspect development projects, he was briefing Station Commander Brig Ijaz Qamar Kiani, who was also present.

A park dubbed Quranic Park, located on Sher Khan Chowk near the Military Hospital has been completed due to work. Various trees with names that exist in the Quran, such as olive and fig, have been planted in the area.

A ‘Rumi Wall,’ located near Rumi Park, has been constructed.

Qaiser Mehmood, an Rawalpindi Cantonment Board official, explained the development of the wall, saying that the goal of displaying Rumi’s quotations on the wall is to disseminate the message of love and brotherhood.

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Punjab Finance Department allocates Rs221bn for development

Punjab Finance Department allocates Rs221bn for development

Punjab Finance Department allocates Rs221bn for development. On Tuesday, a statement issued by the Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) Cantonment Executive Officer Umer Farooq Ali Malik stated that the RCB had completed development projects in cantonment regions worth Rs1 billion.

In addition, he stated that the carpeting of Kashmir Road and Adam Jee Road had been completed, as had the construction of two parking lots for visitors to Saddar, where parking will be provided free of charge.

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During his tour to several sections of the cantonment to inspect development projects, he was briefing Station Commander Brig Ijaz Qamar Kiani, who was also present.

A park dubbed Quranic Park, located on Sher Khan Chowk near the Military Hospital has been completed due to work. Various trees with names that exist in the Quran, such as olive and fig, have been planted in the area.

A ‘Rumi Wall,’ located near Rumi Park, has been constructed.

Qaiser Mehmood, an RCB official, explained the development of the wall, saying that the goal of displaying Rumi’s quotations on the wall is to disseminate the message of love and brotherhood.

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Margalla Hills leopard conservation zone ordered by PM

Margalla Hills leopard conservation zone ordered by PM

Margalla Hills leopard conservation zone ordered by PM. Due to the expanding leopard population in the Margalla Hills range, Prime Minister Imran Khan ordered the creation of a conservation zone on Wednesday.

The PM also approved the Wildlife Information Centre at Marghazar Zoo. The decisions were made by the Prime Minister’s Climate Change Committee.

The Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB) reported increased leopard sightings in the Margalla Hills, particularly on trails 4 and 6.

The IWMB is working with the CDA to build fences and gates around trail 4, which will be closed at dusk. Trail 4 was opened earlier this month to reduce crowding and illicit wood cutting.

“The protected leopard zone will provide a healthy eco-system to predators permanently inhabiting the hills,” the PM Office cited him as saying.

Prime Minister Khan approved the National Climate Change Policy 2021 and the National Wildlife Policy 2021 in concept.

He established a think group to coordinate efforts among ministries and create innovative ideas to combat climate change. Also, he noted, the KPK government’s signature “Ten Billion Tree” campaign had established Pakistan as a “Green Champion.”

Mr. Khan said the international community recognized Pakistan’s realistic and tangible actions to reduce climate change consequences and asked the Ministry of Climate Change to review targets and develop new goals to expedite environmental preservation.

A qualified workforce and advanced technology are required to preserve the country’s national parks, he noted.

The PM praised Special Assistant to the PM on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam’s efforts to protect the environment and promote Pakistan’s efforts in this subject.

Amin Aslam had earlier informed the group on country contributions, climate change, national wildlife policy, and green climate diplomacy.

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Dr. Moeed Yousaf, Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Shehbaz Gill, Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan, and Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Khalid Khursheed were among those present.

They used a video link to connect Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief ministers, Azad Kashmir’s prime minister, and Sindh’s environment minister.

The IWMB noted that, unlike Ayubia, no livestock attacks had been documented in the Margallas due to wild boar, monkeys, and barking deer.

The board also noted five leopards in the hills, indicating a healthy ecosystem. It further advised tourists to use caution on routes 4 and 6 and return before dusk as leopards travel between these paths, sleeping during the day and emerging at dusk.

“In the event of a leopard encounter, trekkers should freeze and exhibit no signs of fear,” the board recommended.

The IWMB recently released photographs of Shezadi, a female common leopard who lives permanently between trails 4 and 6 in Margalla Hills National Park. Shehzadi was caught on camera after IWMB workers set up traps for several nights in late January. Leopards guard 50 square km of land.

The common leopard is a critically endangered species and the park’s top predator.

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By 2023, the new Gwadar International Airport will be operational

By 2023, the new Gwadar International Airport will be operational

By 2023, the new Gwadar International Airport will be operational. The new Gwadar International Airport, a $246 million greenfield project covering 4,300 acres, is scheduled to open in September 2023.

According to an official source, the project’s passenger terminal building will be completed by June 2023; it will complete work on air traffic control by March 2023, and the airport’s entire construction will be done by September 2023.

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The Civil Aviation Authority administered and operated the new Gwadar International Airport. The airport, jointly owned by Pakistan, Oman, and China, would handle domestic and international operations.

The airport is being developed as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a pillar of China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) plan.

When completed in 2022, it will be Pakistan’s largest airport and second capable of receiving A380 aircraft. It was anticipated to increase development on the Gwadar peninsula and bilateral trade between Pakistan and China.

The airport would operate under an open sky policy and would be created with the assistance of the Civil Aviation Authority.

The new Gwadar International Airport project was launched in 2014 as a CPEC early harvest high-priority project. It was approved in January 2015 by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec).

The project is being supported through a grant agreement signed in May 2017 between China and Pakistan. The project’s soil testing began in January 2018 and included drilling 300 boreholes in various places.

The groundbreaking ceremony took place in March 2019, with completion anticipated for 2022.

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The CM promises a Rs1 billion boost for Khwazakhela

The CM promises a Rs1 billion boost for Khwazakhela

The CM promises a Rs1 billion boost for Khwazakhela. Chief Minister Mahmood Khan launched a Rs1 billion special development package to construct a tehsil complex, hospital upgrade, increased water supply scheme, and other projects in Khwazakhela tehsil on Saturday.

He announced the package during his talk to the Pakistan Tehreek-i-workers Insaf’s convention in Khwazakhela tehsil on the second day of his Swat visit. Dr. Haider Ali, MNA, and Mian Sharafat Ali, MPA, were also in attendance.

The chief minister stated that he would make only those promises he could keep, as he did not believe in meaningless slogans and declarations. He stated that feudal lords, capitalists, and industrialists once governed this country, but an ordinary political worker is now the province’s chief minister thanks to the PTI.

He stated that incompetent individuals previously ran the country without planning or strategy, relying solely on external loans, which resulted in the nation confronting inflation today.

According to the government, practical actions are being taken to ensure the welfare of the populace.

He stated that the current provincial government was taking concrete initiatives to ensure the wellbeing of the populace.

“The current budget includes Rs10 billion for the food card, which would give needy households free rations regularly,” he stated.

Mahmood Khan stated that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is one of the best sites for tourism, but the industry has been ignored in the past. He stated that the current provincial government has set up substantial sums for the development of this industry.

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“This season alone, 2.7 million domestic and foreign tourists visited the province’s tourist destinations, generating a revenue of Rs66 billion for the province,” he said.

He stated that the current government was pursuing significant projects like the CRBC, Gomal Zam Dam, and Tank Zam Dam, which would bring millions of acres of land in the southern areas under agriculture.

“Similarly, initiatives are being done to promote industrial and business operations, with the expectation that people from other areas of the country will come to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to do business in the next five to six years,” he said. According to the chief minister, his government promotes other areas, including education, health, and agriculture.

He announced the approval of the Fatehpur Irrigation Scheme and the inauguration of the Guli Bagh water channel this year. He stated that feasibility studies for the Khwazakhela and Bahrain bypass highways were underway. Additionally, the tehsil would establish degree colleges for boys and girls.

Along with the Fatehpur-Miandam route, the chief minister inaugurated the Rescue1122 station and the Shalpin road.

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Rawalpindi begins the construction of a sports hostel

Rawalpindi begins the construction of a sports hostel

The construction of a sports hostel has begun at the Liaquat Bagh Sports Complex. Nadeem Anwar, Project Director, and Rauf Bajwa, Deputy Director Development, visited Rawalpindi and examined several projects, including Liaquat Bagh. Additionally, they urged responsible officials to expedite the hostel’s development.

The project will cost Rs100 million and will accommodate around 100 players. They will also create a fitness gym’s perimeter wall, the main gate, and a sports hostel.

They will build a borehole to alleviate the players’ water shortage problem. A monitoring committee, chaired by District Sports Officer (DSO) Shams Tauheed Abbasi, has also been established to ensure that the hostel is constructed on time.

According to insiders, the hotel will house around 100 players who will access all of the hostel’s amenities throughout their stay.

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There was no hostel for players competing in various sports at the municipal, divisional, provincial, and national levels. Private hotels or government barracks provided accommodations for the players.

Earlier, District Sports Board officials stated that the dormitory built at the Liaquat Bagh Sports Complex would have separate housing for female athletes and eventually house international players.

The hostel will also contain interior facilities, such as a kitchen and mess, and a mini-gym to ensure that players have the most outstanding possible facilities. Rawalpindi breaks ground on a sports hostel.

Officials said that senior players, coaches, and other staff would also be permitted to remain in the hostel, adding that players will be given transportation to and from the Liaquat Bagh Sports Complex. Rawalpindi breaks ground on a sports hostel.

The officials stated that discussions with Rescue 1122 and the local health authority administration are scheduled to begin soon to provide medical coverage to teams and players living at the hostel, making it easier for players to receive rapid medical assistance in the event of an emergency.

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The final decision on the Margalla Avenue project is pending

The final decision on the Margalla Avenue project is pending

The final decision on the Margalla Avenue project is pending. According to the Islamabad High Court (IHC), a judgment has been reserved on a case contesting the building of the Margalla Avenue project. Without first obtaining prior consent from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The stopped project was for the construction of a nine-kilometer road. It is connecting GT Road in Sangjani to Sector D-12 in the city. The ultimate decision on the Margalla Avenue development project is no where.

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In a hearing before IHC, Judge Aamer Farooq listen a petition. It was submitted by citizens of the federal capital against the building of the Margalla Avenue project near the Margalla National Park.

Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) testified in court that they transferred the contractor’s application. They will do it for an environmental no-objection certificate after construction.

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After hearing the arguments, the court inquired what would happen to Margalla Avenue if they disapproved. CDA lawyer Ali Bokhari, Margalla Avenue project package-I is underway since 2012. It had finished 50 percent of the work at the time of his testimony. Officials from the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB) asserted that they were responsible for conserving the Margalla Hills National Park. They did not contact the board on the topic.

The court ruled that anyone could file a petition involving the topic of environmental protection. The court said that environment included trees and everything else. Such as the preservation of wildlife and the regulation of pollutants. After hearing all sides of the case, the court reserved its decision.

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Proposal for the establishment of the Murree Development Authority

Proposal for the establishment of the Murree Development Authority

Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah, Commissioner Rawalpindi Division, has stated that to develop tourism in three mountainous tehsils of Rawalpindi district. A proposal to establish the Kohsar Murree Development Authority (KMDA) submit to Punjab’s chief minister.

Parliamentarians from these districts, including Latasib Satti, Sadaqat Abbasi, and Raja Saghir, sumit the request to the chief minister. He noted that the three mountainous tehsils need to develop new tourist spots. Murree Development Authority Establishment Proposal is ready.

Sadaqat Abbasi, MNA, acknowledge that KMDA’s application is duly submit. He added that next week, building codes for the 123-kilometer Tourism Expressway would also be formulated.

The commissioner asked the appropriate authorities to present Kotli Sattian and Kahuta by-laws regulating tourism services. He stated that the authorities would enhance public spaces and tourist attractions in Kahuta, Kotli Sattian, and Murree.

All efforts are to make Murree and the surrounding areas an excellent tourism destination. He said, adding that would provide all feasible amenities. Those amenities include such as hotels, motels, children’s entertainment places, picturesque clusters, and even forest areas to assist tourists.

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Murree to get new tourism attraction

During a meeting held the other day on Kotli Sattian, Murree Authority, Sadaqat Ali Abbasi, Member National Assembly, and Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah, Commissioner Rawalpindi Division, presided over. The meeting attends by the Secretary Tourism, the Deputy Commissioner Rawalpindi, the Director-General of the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA), the Chairman of the RDA, officers from the Engineering Department, AC Kotli Sattian, and other concerned officers.

Numerous recommendations for alternate routes to improve the attractiveness and tourist destinations of Murree, Kahuta, and Kotli Sattian were studied in depth. Additionally, the meeting compared the Murree Municipal Committee and Kaghan by-laws.

ADC Finance emphasized the Kotli Sattian and Murree by-laws at a briefing.  He states that vigorous enforcement of the by-laws is necessary to manage traffic, parking, and other concerns encountered by tourists.

Along with guaranteeing compliance with wildlife regulations during construction, he stressed that he should take stern legal action against rule-breakers.

Abbasi stated that the building codes in Kahuta, Kotli Sattian, and Murree should be similar to those in Kaghan. Section 144 applies for three months in some areas of Murree.  To halt private construction work and allow for the timely completion of road building.

He continued, “Murree is the only tehsil with more than 500 hotels and motels.”

Nearly 170,000 vehicles reached Murree during the Eid holidays, causing traffic and parking challenges for tourists. He also emphasized the importance of establishing a Murree Development Authority.

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Mega projects boost Pindi's economic and commercial activities

Mega projects boost Pindi’s economic and commercial activities

Mega projects boost Pindi’s commercial activities. Because of incentives provided by the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) under the ease of doing business policy, business operations in the construction industry have increased. It increases by Rs71 billion in the last three years, according to the RDA.

Tariq Mahmood Murtaza, the chairman of the RDA, speaks that the civic agency was now working on the Ammar Chowk project. According to his prediction it completes by December 31. He stated that construction work on a flyover at Kachehri Chowk will begin in January 2022. After which development work on the Defence Chowk project will commence in earnest. Pindi’s mega projects stimulate economic activity.

He stated that he decided to begin these three projects one after the other to maintain traffic flow on the highways.

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His statement indicated that a proposal for the execution of the Leh Expressway project. It is on review on a priority basis.

He stated that the RDA was assisting businesses and that so far in the current fiscal year. Rs51 billion in commercial activity has been recorded, as compared to Rs12.5 billion in business activity in 2019-20, according to him. His company is now working on a proposal to construct three-story structures on 1-Kanal lots for 476-Kanal of land. He states that the RDA would be launching its housing program soon.

He also stated that the RDA currently has 171 employees to run the civic affairs. Because recruitment for vacant positions are prohibited. According to the RDA chairman, the city consultant will complete the study and submit a report by September 30. To develop model cities in the slum areas that exist in the city’s 26 union councils. Pindi’s megaprojects energise the local economy.

“We have scanned and stored copies of all of our files dating back to 1989 in a computer database. If a citizen shows up with a previous criminal record, RDA employees do not need to prolong the task.

“Everything related to the RDA conducts entirely electronically within one month. “A one-window operation establishes for the benefit of citizens, with the approval of the house map taking one month. The approval of the commercial map 45 days, and the approval of the housing society map 65 days,” he continued. Pindi’s mega projects bolster economic activity.

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