Quickening the city’s revival plan

The KP CM Mahmood Khan chaired a meeting on August 31 to review the progress of the ongoing Peshawar Revival Plan (PRP). Under the plan, the work is going on in seven different sectors, including the removal of encroachments, beautification, plantation and improving the flow of vehicular traffic. The CM expressed dissatisfaction with the slow pace of progress.

The displeasure of the CM was justified. He said that in PowerPoint presentations on large LED screens, everything is painted rosy. But the situation on the ground turns out to be exactly the opposite of it. Before the CM’s plain talk, the meeting was told that in anti-encroachment operations so far, 203-kanal government land had been retrieved. Another 62-kanal state land was retrieved in 23 operations undertaken in the Karkhano Markets.

Thus more than 1900 encroachments were removed including 550 shops, 750 cabins and 603 hand carts. It was further told in the meeting that graffiti inscribed on different walls was removed. The walls were spread over 28 kilometres. It was also told in the meeting that work was in progress on the green belt between the Motorway Toll Plaza and the Pir Zakori Sharif Flyover.

The CM directed the Commissioner of Peshawar to submit to him after every 15 days a progress report about the plan. These instructions were given in the presence of Asif Khan, MPA, who was the Focal Person to CM for PRP, Additional Chief Secretary Shahab Ali Shah, Principal Secretary to CM, Amjad Ali Khan and the administrative secretaries of the concerned departments.