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PM designates Sheikh Rashid as focal person for Leh Expressway project

05 December, 2018

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Prime Minister Imran Khan designated Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Minister for Railways, as the focal person for the decade old stalled 22 km long Leh Nullah Expressway and Flood Channel Project.

“He will spearhead the feasibility of the project and, if found feasible, further processing of the project in consultation with all stakeholders including Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform, and the Punjab government,” a letter from the Prime Minister Office said.

The project launched in March 2007 by former president general Pervez Musharraf was aimed at controlling floods in the Nullah Leh, construction of sewerage treatment plant and limited access roads on either side of the storm drainage to ease traffic congestion on the airport and Murree roads. Frontier Works Organisation initiated work, but the PML-N government stopped funding in 2008, bringing it to a grinding halt.

PM Khan also decided to introduce a national policy for the youth and appointed Usman Dar as his special adviser on youth affairs.

Following the premier’s approval, the Cabinet Division issued a notification regarding Dar’s appointment. PM Khan also decided to launch ‘Naya Pakistan Youth Programme’ within a few days.

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