Punjab Government Allocates PKR 24 Billion for Infrastructure and Energy Projects

Lahore: The Punjab government has approved funding totaling over PKR 24 billion for a series of seven development projects, which include the solarisation of agricultural tube wells and several significant road rehabilitation schemes. The approval was granted in a recent meeting of the Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP).

According to Zameen.Com, the PDWP meeting was chaired by the chairman of the Planning and Development Board Punjab, barrister Nabeel Ahmad Awan. High-ranking officials participated, including Punjab Planning and Development Secretary Dr. Asif Tufail, Punjab Agriculture Secretary Iftikhar Ali Sahoo, Punjab Communication and Works Secretary Sohail Ashraf, and Chief Economist Nasir Iqbal Malik, along with other senior representatives from various provincial departments.

The meeting saw the approval of crucial projects aimed at enhancing the region's infrastructure and agricultural efficiency. The projects include:

The Chief Minister’s Programme for Solarisation of Agricultural Tube Wells in Punjab, with an investment of PKR 9000 million to transition agricultural tube wells to solar power.

A scheme valued at PKR 848.966 million for protecting against erosive action along the River Chenab in District Hafizabad, specifically in the areas of Kot Kameer and Behak Ahmad Yar.

The upgrade of the 45-kilometer Faisalabad-Jaranwala Road, connecting Makuana Bypass to Syed Wala Okara Road via Syed Wala Interchange on Motorway M-3, at a cost of PKR 3801 million.

Improvement of Ghazi Road in Lahore, linking the Lahore Ring Road to Ferozpur Road, with an allocation of PKR 530 million.

Rehabilitation of the 12-kilometer Syedwala to Jaranwala Road in District Nankana Sahib for PKR 1320 million.

An upgrade of the 61-kilometer Faisalabad-Satiana-Tandlianwala-Mari Pattan-Okara Road, costing PKR 3451 million.

Rehabilitation of the 27-kilometer Sahiwal Arifwala Road, which will see improvements worth PKR 5490 million.

These projects are part of the Punjab government's broader initiative to improve infrastructure and provide sustainable energy solutions to its agricultural sector, which is a significant step towards economic and environmental sustainability in the region.