CM orders water supply to tail-enders

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LAHORE: Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz has ordered relevant authorities to ensure water supply at the ends of the 19,000 canal outlets across Punjab.

According to official sources here on Thursday, the Chief Minister was talking about revolutionary measures to supply water from the canal to the farmers at the back of the pack and a mechanism had been prepared in this regard. Hamza Shehbaz said that the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) will develop a system to establish a telephone connection with the farmers. He said the cell in the CM office would collect feedback from the farmers regarding the water supply to the drop points. The chief minister said quick action would be taken in case the water did not reach the tails. The tail farmers thanked the chief minister for taking the farmer-friendly step.

ORANGE TRAIN: Hamza Shehbaz chaired a meeting of his office’s transport department which discussed a proposal regarding the provision of free student travel facilities on the Orange Line Metro (OLMT) and the start of feeder buses.

The Chief Minister ordered the rapid submission of full proposals and added that the Board of the Punjab Masstransit Authority (PMA) is expected to be completed soon. He also ordered immediate restart of speedo bus service on Bahawalpur-Lodhran road to provide comfortable ease of movement for commuters. He also ordered to restore the dysfunctional metro bus stations in Lahore and Rawalpindi-Islamabad, adding that the non-functional lift should also be operational without delay. The toilets should be neat and clean with working lights as he will soon be making surprise visits to the Orange train and metro project, the CM said. The Punjab Masstransit Authority should submit a report on the overall status of metro bus stations after necessary repairs and maintenance, the CM said and stressed that steps should be taken to increase the number of passengers at OLMT as these facilities are a great boon to the common man. .

ANTI-DENGUE CAMPAIGN: The Chief Minister has announced the launch of a vigorous anti-dengue fever campaign, adding that Rs90 will be charged for dengue fever tests across the province. Chairing a meeting in his cabinet, the CM asked the health department to ensure the carrying out of the tests at a flat rate. Likewise, operational departments should remain vigilant and dengue fever committees should be revived at union council, tehsil, district and divisional levels.

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