THE PUNJAB GOVERNMENT AND ADB PRINCIPALLY AGREED WITH REGARD TO LAUNCHING THE BLUE LINE UNDERGROUND PROJECT. CM PERVAIZ ELAHI AND MOONIS ELAHI MET WITH THE ADB DELEGATION HEADED BY THE COUNTRY DIRECTOR MR. YONG LE IN WHICH MATTERS PERTAINING TO PROGRESS ON THE ONGOING PROJECTS WITH THE COOPERATION OF ADB AND LAUNCHING THE BLUE LINE UNDERGROUND PROJECT CAME UNDER DISCUSSION.
Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi and former Federal Minister Moonis Elahi met with an Asian Development Bank delegation headed by the Country Director Mr. Yong Ye at his office in which matters pertaining to progress on the ongoing various projects with the cooperation of ADB in Punjab along with launching Blue Line underground project in Lahore came under discussion.
It was principally decided during the meeting to extend cooperation with regard to the Blue Line underground project between the Punjab government and the Asian Development Bank. The Country Director of ADB gave assurance to extend cooperation for the Blue Line underground project and the matter relating to Sutlej Corridor Project from Kasur to Bahawalnagar also came under discussion during the meeting.CM while talking with the Country Director of ADB stated that we are keen to avail the cooperation of Asian Development Bank to launch the Blue Line underground project.The Chief Minister stated that the ADB is an important partner of the Punjab government and disclosed that he had formulated a plan to run underground train with the cooperation of ADB during his previous tenure. He denounced that the PML-N government had rendered his project to political prejudice and destroyed the beauty of Lahore city by launching the Metro Bus service.CM censured that the former PML-N provincial government had built transport projects on the basis of their vested interests.CM emphasized that Lahore needed underground transport earlier and is in dire need of it at present.He remarked that we will be pleased if the ADB provides technical assistance for launching the Blue Line underground project.CM highlighted that our government has decided to launch the Blue Line project in order to provide latest and international quality travel facilities to the people adding that this project will prove to be a milestone for Lahore.CM outlined that we will welcome the cooperation of ADB with regard to the completion of Thal Canal project and the Punjab government will take every possible step for the early completion of this project.CM lauded the cooperation of ADB for the rehabilitation and settlement of the flood affectees. CM revealed that our government disbursed Rs 12 billion package for the rehabilitation and settlement of the flood-affected people.CM reprimanded that the Federal government did not pay even a single penny for the flood-affected people of Punjab adding that we are extending maximum help to the flood affectees from our resources.CM stated that we will welcome the cooperation of ADB for the construction of a corridor from Kasur to Bahawalnagar.The Country Director ADB appreciated that the priorities of the Punjab government under the leadership of Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi are correct and in the right direction.He expressed his desire to enhance further cooperation with the Punjab government adding that we will further enhance cooperation with the Punjab government in various projects as well..Deputy Country Director of ADB Asad Aleem,Unit Head Project Administration Danish R Shiva,Senior Project Officer Water Resources Asad Ali Zafar,Senior Project Officers Syed omar Ali Shah and Salman Moeed Mian comprised the delegation. Chief Secretary Abdullah Khan Sumbal,former Federal Secretary & Chairman P&D Salman Ghani,SMBR Zahid Akhtar Zaman, former Principal Secretary to CM GM Sikander,Principal Secretary to CM Muhammad Khan Bhatti, Secretaries of Finance, P&D, Industries,Local Government,School Education,C&W,Irrigation,Agriculture and concerned officials were also present on the occasion.