BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif has asked chief minister Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) Hafeezur Rehman to go ahead with his plans for development, vowing to increase the budget if required.
Talking to Rehman by telephone late Friday night, PM said Rs50billion Gilgit-Skardu road project would soon be tendered and federal government would provide addition financial support if required.
“Rest assured all those projects I have announced will be completed,” Nawaz Sharif told Rehman who became chief minister after Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) swept the polls on June 2015.
The prime minister voiced satisfaction over the peaceful atmosphere in the region and asked Rehman to work for the welfare of the people to enable them to stand at their feet.
As part of government’s policy to boost tourism in the region, PM asked the regional government to submit a feasibility report for chairlift projects in Deosai plains, Rakaposhi and Rama Astore.
“PM also inquired about the progress of ongoing hydropower and cancer-Cardiac hospitals projects and assured support for their early completion,” Rehman said.
“We will submit a detailed progress report to the prime minister now,” said Rehman.
G-B chief minister, who recently visited Germany, briefed Prime Minister about his visit and hoped fruits of his visit would be long-term. Rehman also apprised PM about the progress of various projects his government has planned to undertake in the coming months.
Besides Gilgit-Skardu road, chief minister G-B also informed PM about the implementation of clean drinking water project that will cost Rs 1 billion.
PM’s telephone call came days before the 13 death anniversary of Saifur Rehman, brother of CM Hafeezur Rehman and founder of PML-N in Gilgit.