LAHORE, (Muzaffargarh.City – 16th Jan, 2017 ) : Punjab Planning and Development Department on Monday disclosed that during first half of current financial year 2016-17 an amount of Rs 282 billion under Annual Development Programme had been released for implementation of 6,080 development projects across the province.
Punjab P&DD spokesman mentioned here that Provincial Assembly of Punjab had approved Rs 550 billion Annual Development Programme for financial year 2016-17, which was 38 percent higher than last fiscal year’s ADP.
Out of this development budget, according to P&D spokesman here, Rs 169 billion had been earmarked for Social Sector including Rs 42.5 billion for Health and Rs 68 billion for education, whereas Rs 158 billion for Infrastructure Development which included roads, irrigation and public buildings, and an amount of Rs 29.2 billion had been allocated for development of agriculture and livestock sector.
Giving break-up of the released funds under current ADP, he said that this included Rs 44.5 billion for Education, Rs 29.8 billion for Health, Rs 24 billion for Water Supply and Sanitation and Rs 3 billion for sports & Youth Affairs.
During current financial year, unprecedented allocations had been made for development of Health, Education, Agriculture, Irrigation and infrastructure Development sectors, he added. The spokesman explained that these funds had been released against implementation of schemes all over Punjab without any geographical discrimination, adding that funds against all ongoing development projects of ADP 2016-17 were released during first week of July, 2016 enabling the executing agencies to start development work at all the projects.
A number of projects, he said, were being implemented in these areas, a few of them included: Multan Metro Bus Project was being completed during current year at a cost of Rs 30 billion; Expansion of Recep Tayyip Erdogan Hospital in Muzaffargarh at cost of Rs.
9 billion; Khawaja Fareed Engineering & IT University at Rahim Yar Khan at cost of Rs 3.8 billion; Cardiac Surgery Block at BV Hospital, Bahawalpur at cost of Rs 1.3 billion; Upgradation of DHQ Hospitals to the level of Teaching Hospital at Sialkot, Sahiwal, Gujranwala and D.G.
Khan at cost of Rs 12 billion; Revamping of all DHQ Hospitals and 15 THQ Hospitals in Punjab at cost of Rs 5 billion; Khadim-e-Punjab school Programme at cost of Rs 50 billion; Khadim-e-Punjab Rural Road programme at cost of Rs 150 billion; Trible Area Development Project for D.G.
Khan and Rajanpur Areas Districts (Rs 3.381 billion); Development schemes for Cholistan Development Authority (Rs 2.712 billion); Development projects for barani areas (Rs 358 million); New Khanki Barrage (Rs.23 billion); Rehabilitation of Trimu Barrage (Rs 17 billion); Construction of small dams (Rs 7 billion); Agriculture Development Package (Rs 20 billion); Establishment of University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences at Bahawalpur (Rs 3 billion); Construction of Canal Expressway from Gutwala to Sahiawala, Faisalabad (Rs 6 billion); Improvement of Jhal Khanuwana Chowk, Faisalabad (Rs 2.5 billion); Completion of 13 Sewerage/Water Supply schemes of WASA, Multan (Rs 3.67 billion), Dualization of Road from Bahawalpur to Hasilpur at cost of Rs 5 billion; Construction of Flyover on GT Road at Aziz Cross Road, Gujranwala at cost of Rs 6.6 billion and Dualization of Muridkey Narowal Road with total cost of Rs 4.4 billion.