Municipal services

Balochistan buys machinery for Rs 1,227b to improve municipal services

QUETTA – The government of Balochistan has purchased machinery and equipment for urban councils at a cost of Rs 1.227 billion to facilitate the public in addition to improving the delivery of municipal services. An official source who requested anonymity told the media that the government of Balochistan has decided to establish 72 municipal committees and 24 municipal corporations in the province to strengthen the system of local organs. An official said that populated cities in the province will be granted the status of metropolitan corporations to ensure the provision of all facilities to the citizen.

The provincial government has also compiled a database of real estate properties from local councils in the province comprising some 16,991 properties with an annual income of 39.4 million rupees. The government established municipal committees in various regions, including Kuchlak, Jhal Magsi, Sinjavi, Gandawah and Washook, while the existing municipal committees of Dera Allah Yar, Usta Muhammad and Chitkan were transformed into municipal corporations. The government of Balochistan has launched the master plan for the city of Quetta and 31 other district headquarters to provide better civic facilities to the masses. He started the project with an estimated cost of 500 million rupees, which would help the development of cities in a much more organized and disciplined manner, he said.

The government of Balochistan has launched the work of revising the master plan of Quetta to channel its presence as well as future growth in a scientific and planned manner, he added.

He said the government has also established amusement parks in the towns of Quetta, Zhob, Kharan and Panjgur to provide quality entertainment facilities to the public, which would also increase the beautification of the areas. The government has also given approval to set up the Traffic Engineering Bureau (TEB), for traffic management in Quetta and other major cities in the province.

He said the government also approved the Baluchistan Housing and Town Planning Authority (BHA) Bill 2020, which will be enacted after approval by the provincial assembly.

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