The Punjab caretaker government has announced a substantial financial boost of Rs100 million for the Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) in Rawalpindi. The announcement was made during the inauguration ceremony of Al-Aqsa Park near Holy Family Hospital in Satellite Town. Provincial Caretaker Minister for Primary and Secondary Health and Population Welfare, Dr Jamal Nasir, revealed the funding commitment, emphasizing the government’s dedication to enhancing the beauty and functionality of parks in the garrison city.
Budget Set for Upgrading Parks in Rawalpindi
At the ceremony, PHA officials briefed the provincial minister about the ongoing and proposed projects, including the upgradation and beautification plans for prominent parks such as Liaquat Bagh, Allama Iqbal Park, and Rawal Road Park. The PHA aims to transform Murree Road into a model road, with plans to white-wash all pillars of the metro’s elevated road and maintain green belts along the route. Traders on Murree Road have been urged to align their shop signboards with a standardized pattern, and beautification efforts are underway, with artwork completed on the Moti Mahal Bridge over Leh Nullah.
Dr Jamal Nasir assured reporters that the caretaker government is actively taking steps to enhance the city’s aesthetics, stating, “A letter has been written to the Punjab government to renovate the city’s parks. A grant of Rs100 million will be provided soon for the upgradation of these parks.” He also announced that the parks would have specified hours dedicated to women for their convenience.
Additionally, Dr Jamal Nasir highlighted the forthcoming initiative to address the city’s dilapidated roads, with construction slated to commence from January 2. Commissioner Liaquat Ali Chattha added that a new park spanning 45 kanals has been established in the GOR 1 area of the garrison city.
In a separate development, the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) has directed its land and building branch to take stringent action against illegal and unauthorized constructions and commercial activities in the district. RDA Director General Saif Anwar Jappa emphasized the need for swift action and simplification of building plan approval procedures to provide relief to the public. Strict measures against encroachments and unauthorized activities were emphasized to ensure the planned development and beautification of the city.