The Punjab Local Government has embarked on a massive infrastructure development initiative, allocating a staggering Rs. 150 billion for road reconstruction projects spanning across the province. The road rehabilitation plan, entrusted to municipal corporations, focuses primarily on revamping main and link roads to enhance connectivity and mobility.

In tandem with the road reconstruction efforts, the provincial government has set up a working group to finalize proposals for the implementation of a garbage collection tax. This group, comprising Senior Minister Mariam Aurangzeb, Local Government Minister Zeeshan Rafique, and Special Secretary Asia Gul, aims to streamline waste management systems and ensure sustainable funding for garbage collection services. The proposed tax structure ranges from Rs. 50 to Rs. 500, depending on the size and location of households.

Additionally, plans have been unveiled for the construction of five expressways aimed at further bolstering the travel infrastructure in Punjab. With a budget of Rs. 139.5 billion approved by Chief Minister, these expressways include vital routes such as Bahawalpur N5 to Jhangra Sharqi Interchange, Multan to Vehari, Chichawatni to Pir Mahal-Shorkot to Garhmahraja-Chowk Azam to Layyah, Sahiwal to Samundri Interchange, and Faisalabad Chiniot to Kamal Pur Interchange to Tehsil Chowk Chiniot.

Each expressway is strategically designed to address specific connectivity needs, with budgets ranging from Rs. 11 billion to Rs. 66 billion, covering distances varying from 24 to 199 kilometers. These ambitious projects signify a significant step towards modernizing Punjab’s transportation infrastructure and fostering economic growth across the region.

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