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Punjab Allocates Rs. 150 Billion for Road Reconstruction and Plans Garbage Collection Tax Implementation

The Punjab Local Government and Community Development Department have approved a significant budget of Rs. 150 billion for the reconstruction of damaged roads across the province. This initiative aims to enhance transportation infrastructure and facilitate smoother travel for citizens. Additionally, a working group, comprising key government officials, has been established to finalize proposals for implementing a tax on garbage collection, which could range from Rs. 50 to Rs. 500 depending on various factors.

Punjab Allocates Rs. 150 Billion for Road Reconstruction and Plans Garbage Collection Tax Implementation

The Punjab Local Government and Community Development Department has announced a massive allocation of Rs. 150 billion for the reconstruction of broken and damaged roads across the province. This decision comes as part of efforts to improve transportation infrastructure and enhance connectivity for residents.

A spokesperson from the local government department revealed that the road rehabilitation plan will be executed by municipal corporations, with the reconstruction of main and link roads in cities already in progress. This initiative is expected to significantly improve commuting conditions and ease traffic congestion in various urban centers.

In parallel, the provincial government has formed a working group tasked with finalizing proposals for implementing a tax on garbage collection. The group comprises Senior Minister Mariam Aurangzeb, Local Government Minister Zeeshan Rafique, and Special Secretary of the Local Government Department, Asia Gul.

The proposed garbage collection tax, ranging from Rs. 50 to Rs. 500, is under consideration by the local department. The tax rates would be determined based on factors such as the size and location of residential properties. This move is aimed at improving waste management systems and ensuring cleaner environments across the province.

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Moreover, as part of broader infrastructure development plans, the Punjab government recently announced the construction of five expressways to enhance inter-district connectivity. These expressways, with a total budget allocation of Rs. 139.5 billion, are expected to further boost economic growth and facilitate smoother transportation.

The planned expressways include:

  1. Bahawalpur N5 to Jhangra Sharqi Interchange Expressway (42 kilometers) – Budget: Rs. 13 billion.
  2. Multan to Vehari Expressway (93 kilometers) – Budget: Rs. 26.50 billion.
  3. Chichawatni to Pir Mahal-Shorkot to Garhmahraja-Chowk Azam to Layyah Expressway (199 kilometers) – Budget: Rs. 66 billion.
  4. Sahiwal to Samundri Interchange Expressway (57 kilometers) – Budget: Rs. 23 billion.
  5. Faisalabad Chiniot to Kamal Pur Interchange to Tehsil Chowk Chiniot Expressway (over 24 kilometers) – Budget: Rs. 11 billion.

These initiatives underscore the government’s commitment to infrastructure development and improving the quality of life for citizens across Punjab.

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