PTI sets KP on path of development: Mahmood Khan

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Around 1005 km of new roads constructed, 2027 km rehabilitated, work on DI Khan Motorway, Dir Expressway, Swat Motorway Phase II is underway, he said.
PESHAWAR
Chief Minister Mahmood Khan said that the incumbent provincial government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is all set on track of development, saying serious steps were taken to achieve the goals of development and set the province on the track of development.
“The development strategy of the provincial government is not only welfare oriented but has also taken account of increased revenue generation and greater livelihood opportunities,” Mahmood Khan added.
In a statement issued from the Chief Minister’s Secretariat, Mahmood Khan said that the provincial government has worked hard to streamline the province’s economy despite several critical challenges.
KP government performed well for the development of merged areas, including merger of erstwhile FATA and COVID 19 pandemic and is delivering up to public aspirations and expectations, he said.
Besides completing the process of merger of new tribal districts, the uplift of health, education, tourism, industry and other socio-economic sectors has also been the priority of the provincial government.
According to the details, in the last four years, several projects have been completed in different sectors and made functional for the convenience of the general public.
Mr Khan added that in the health sector, the Sehat card scheme has been extended to all citizens of the province which is a milestone achievement of the provincial government.
Besides, new doctors and other paramedical staff were recruited to meet the shortage of staff in the public sector hospitals.
Under Public Private Partnership model, provision of quality services has been ensured through outsourcing of various services in hospitals, while several projects have been completed in the health sector, including operationalization of Peshawar Institute of Cardiology, establishment of new OPD block at KTH, Construction of Allied & Surgical Block at Lady Reading Hospital, Establishment of Orthopedic & Spine Block at HMC, Fountain House Peshawar, Construction of 120 Beds New Female Block at DHQ Mardan, Burn and Trauma center and others. Apart from this, a mega project has been launched for the revamping of all non-teaching district headquarter hospitals of the province to provide quality health services to people at local level.
Similarly, concrete measures have also been taken to align the education sector with contemporary needs and steps in this regard include recruitment of new teachers, launching a second shift in selected schools, provision of new furniture to schools, free textbooks and bags for students.
Construction of new schools, upgradation, rehabilitation and reconstruction of schools, construction of model schools, payment of fees by the government for all types of board examinations and other such initiatives.
In the higher education sector steps include, education card, upgradation of 76 colleges and the establishment of 30 new colleges, establishment of new universities and university campuses etc.
Similarly, several projects were also completed to raise the quality of technical education institutions. As far as the industries sector is concerned, various new economic zones have been established including Rashakai and Hattar Special Economic Zones.
Some 14 economic zones have been operationalized while new industrial units were added in new and existing economic zones.
Likewise, 44 MoUs worth 8 billion dollars were signed in the Dubai Expo. Furthermore, Swat Motorway Phase I has been completed in the communications sector.
A total of 1005 km of new roads were constructed in the settled districts alone while 2027 km long roads were rehabilitated and 38 new bridges were constructed while Progress on other projects including DI Khan Motorway, Dir Expressway, Swat Motorway Phase II is also underway.
In the last four years, steps have also been taken for the development of the tourism sector in the province. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Culture and Tourism Authority, Kalash, Kumrat, Upper Swat development authorities have also been established while Tourism Police has been launched for the security of tourists. Camping pods have been set up at tourist spots. Moreover, a project to establish four integrated tourism zones in the province has been initiated. Along with the provision of facilities at the existing tourist spots, work is in progress on the development of new tourist spots. Similarly, several projects have been completed in the energy sector.
In the year 2018, the hydropower generation capacity of the province was 120 MW, which has now reached 200 MW owing to the well planned strategy of the provincial government.
Furthermore, solarization of 7370 Masajid, 53 basic health centers, 8000 schools and 6650 houses has been completed while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has established its own grid company.
Mahmood Khan maintained that the incumbent provincial government is sincerely working on the model of an Islamic welfare state as per the manifesto of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf and all available resources are being utilised for the purpose.