'Fort Munro' to be developed for promoting tourism in South Punjab

'Fort Munro' to be developed for promoting tourism in South Punjab

LAHORE: (APP) Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif said Fort Munro was a tourist spot of South Punjab and by developing this area tourism, economic and social activities could be promoted.

Chairman Fort Munro Development Authority MNA Awais Leghari gave a briefing on proposals regarding Fort Munro Welfare City while Chief Executive Rasheed Memorial Welfare Organization Air Commodore (R) Shabbir Khan informed about setting up of Rasheedabad City and social activities of the organization.

Presiding over a meeting of Fort Munro Development Authority here on Saturday, the chief minister said the Punjab government would consider setting up of Fort Munro Welfare City on the pattern of Rasheedabad City and would prepare a future strategy after reviewing proposals in this regard.

Issuing instructions for setting up a committee for considering the proposal to establish Fort Munro Welfare City under public-private partnership, the chief minister said and added the committee should present its final recommendations within two weeks.

He said the Punjab government was implementing a balanced policy of development .

He said besides urban areas, special attention was being paid to development of backward areas as well and people were benefitting from the mega projects completed at a cost of billions of rupees in south Punjab .

He said that the state-of-the-art Recep Tayyip Erdogan Hospital, Muzaffargarh, was providing modern treatment facilities to the masses.

He said record funds had been allocated in the current budget for the development of south Punjab .

Appreciating social activities of Rasheed Memorial Welfare Organization, the chief minister said the services of the organization and its Chief Executive Air Commodore(R) Shabbir Khan were commendable.

He said the service to ailing humanity was a form of worship.

He said the Punjab government had also started development programme of billion of rupees for facilitating the poor.

Provincial Ministers Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Tanvir Aslam Malik, Air Marshal (R) Qazi Javed Ahmad, Air Marshal Farooq Habib, Chairman Planning & Development, secretaries of concerned departments, senior authorities and officers of Fort Munro Development Authority attended the meeting whereas Commissioner Dera Ghazi Khan and DCO Dera Ghazi Khan participated in the meeting through video-link.

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