Lahore: According to news reported on January 2, the Punjab Municipal Development Fund Company (PMDFC) will launch Phase II of the Punjab Cities Programme (PCM). It will be launched for the 16 municipal committees across Punjab beginning in January. The PKR 38 billion project began in 2018 with the World Bank’s help and is projected to be finished by 2024.
Jhang, Kamalia, Okara, Kamoke, Muridke, Wazirabad, Gojra, Jaranwala, Bahawalnagar, Burewala, Khanewal, Daska, Hafizabad, Jhelum, Kotaddu, and Vehari are among the 16 municipalities participating in the project, according to sources. Water supply, solid waste management, wastewater treatment facilities, sewerage and storm drainage, urban roadways, parks, and streetlights will all be launched during Phase II of the project.
According to a government official, 44 programs have been completed in various districts and municipalities that were created and planned in compliance with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the Punjab Growth Strategy and Vision 2025.
The International Development Association (IDA) inaugurated the initiative in 2018 with a USD 200 million performance-based funding, according to reports. The goal of the program is to help 16 urban local governments in Punjab build better urban infrastructure that will help boost economic growth and development, as well as eradicate extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity.
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