City govt to launch Rs50m projects soon
By Aamir Yasin
RAWALPINDI: The city district government Rawalpindi (CDGR) will launch Rs50 million development projects, including education, road and water supply schemes, by the end of January.
Sources told Dawn on Thursday that the cash-starved CDGR had received the funds from the Punjab government under the MPA/MNA grant. The uplift schemes have come from all the local MPAs and MNAs except Federal Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf from NA-51 (Rawalpindi-II) as he was carrying out development work in the constituency from the grants received from the federal government.
It may be noted that there are 13 MPAs and six MNAs belonging to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in the district while the number of Pakistan People`s Party (PPP) legislators is one MNA and two MPAs.
The sources said the provincial government provided Rs22 million for the development schemes proposed by the MPAs and Rs28 million for the schemes identified by MNAs.
The city district government had not allocated any development scheme in its current Rs8.6 billion annual budget.
The sources said out of the Rs50 million, Rs18 million were for educational institutions, Rs10 million for the construction of roads and streets, Rs10 million for provision of missing basic facilities, Rs4.4 million for pending works, Rs10 million for water supply and other miscellaneous works.
When contacted, Commissioner Zahid Saeed said it was not an unusual development allocation as such funds were received from the provincial government every year to launch development schemes on the recommendations of elected representatives.
He said MPAs and MNAs would only identify the area and the CDGR would make the development scheme and launched it.
He said the CDGR had completed all the homework including identification, costing and re-prioritisation of the development schemes. Tenders would be launched very soon and the work is likely to start by end of January, he added.