Chief Minister Khyber Pakahtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has said that the sacrifices of the Pak Army, security agencies supported by the people led to the extermination of terrorists from the newly merged seven districts of the erstwhile FATA. This province served the Aghan refugees right from 1979 and would continue to serve them.
He was talking to American Consul General, Jonathan Shrier at Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar. They discussed matters of mutual interest. The 100 day plan of the government also came up for discussion. The Chief Minister highlighted the reforms agenda of his government that included good governance, special economic zones, agriculture sector development, Gomal Zam Dam and Afghan refugees in the province.
Mahmood Khan said that better law and order situation and secure environment along with people welfare oriented projects are of some of the priority areas of his government. His government wanted to expand the revenue base of the province through multiple strategies. It wanted trade and commercial activities at national and international level. The level of trade would be enhanced considerably with the friends countries. He assured foreign investment facilitation for the developmental strategy in the province.
Chief Minister said that Afghanistan is our friend neighbor and we want to have mutually good cordial ties. Security and peace would never be compromised as our armed forces and people sacrificed everything for bringing peace and normalcy in the province. He said that the pro-people initiatives of the PTI government brought about a visible change in every walk of life.
The US Consul General appreciated the reforms agenda of PTI government and assured all out US support to the government’s pro-people initiatives and well being in different sectors.
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan directed to go all out for the CPEC related projects and projects in the economic zones of the province for the maximum benefit of the province. He agreed to the formation of investment team in each and every provincial department and prepared a roadmap for the finalized projects for which agreement had already been made.
He stressed the need for the strict implementation on provision of drinking water facilities, discouraging illegal connections and expediting the recovery. He further directed to give final touches to the housing regulatory rules 2018 and should not allow the construction of plazas without parking. The meeting decided to initiate one billion tree projects for the next five years and the meeting also considered expansion in the project.
He was presiding over meetings on different provincial departments under the 100 day plan at Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar. Provincial Ministers, Taimoor Saleem Jhagra, Shehram Khan Tarakai, Special Assistant to CM Kamran Bangash, administrative secretaries of relevant departments and other relevant officials attended. The participants of the meetings were briefed about the CPEC related projects, potable drinking water, information technology, green growth initiatives and the plan of Peshawar Development Authority. The meetings were told that the federal government had included different projects for the province that included Havelian Thakot Expressway, Hakla D.I.Khana Motorway, Sukhi Kanari Hydro Power Project and the expansion and reconstruction of M-1. The provincial government recommended Gilgit to Chakdara as alternative route for inclusion in the 6th JCC meeting that had been also approved by the ECNEC.
Chief Minister was optimistic that the JCC next meeting would give final approval to this route which is the most feasible and alternative route and it will also connect the Swat Motorway from one side and Chakdara on another integrating the whole region.
Mahmood Khan directed to prepare realistic feasibility project for the greater Peshawar Mass Transit Circular Railway project. The meeting also discussed the Chinese investment in social sectors in different districts of the province for which MoUs have already been signed and after agreement these would be considered for the overall CPEC design.
Chief Minister also directed the board of investment for attracting investors and give prominent role to the political leadership. The meeting decided that the CPEC Cell would work as an investment support unit. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Investment policy was ready which would be cleared by the cabinet and tabled in the provincial assembly in November.
The meeting suggested the replacement of rusty water pipeline, the installation of filter plants, functionalization of dysfunctional tube-wells and the replacement of supply line from Jamrud to Spin Jumaat Peshawar. A cell was also recommended for these activities and mass scale awareness about these activities should be planned. Chief Minister directed for early implementation on the plan, adding that the illegal connections and the misuse of water including at service stations should be discouraged. The meeting also took for debate the projects of Peshawar Development Authority that included the beautification of different Warsak Canals, the beautification of Chowks and Flyovers, the face-lifting of different public sector buildings, the conversion of different areas in Parks, the construction of internal routes in Peshawar City, provision of suigas to the Regi Model Town and the extension of Safe City project to Regi Model Town. The meeting was told that under the five years plan, projects such as general bus stand, trucks terminal, entertainment city, a mega project at GT road, the expansion of Peshawar city, cricket academy at Hayatabad, construction of different plazas and the beautification of GT road upto Nowshera would be completed. The phase-wise construction of public rest rooms in Peshawar would also be part of the five year plan. The meeting also recommended the action plan for information technology, IT policy, good governance, the digitalization of civic services, the recovery and other digitalized services in the province.
Mahmood Khan assured all out support for the digitalization of governance, services and other activities. He also agreed to the continuation of the task force for one billion more tree plantation in the province in the next five years plan that will cost Rs. 23 billion and the federal government would provide a fifty per cent share of the project.