Punjab Cities Program (PCP) organized a capacity building media exposure field visit for the journalists of Voice of America (VOA) to Gojra - one of the 16 Municipal Committees/Corporations of the program. Gojra was chosen to highlight the project interventions, as several developmental projects were taking place in the city.
The visit was organized to raise awareness of the program among the general public, also to inform the locals of Gojra regarding the nature of developmental initiatives that will improve their well-being, along with highlighting the progress of infrastructure development works on-ground.
Saman Iqbal Khan, Correspondent, VOA accompanied the team of PCP which was led by Muhammad Iftikhar Rasool, Deputy Project Director (DPD), PCP to Gojra.
The team of PCP and VOA met the Administrator of Gojra, Sundus Harris along with her team. A brief presentation was delivered by the host regarding the progress of PCP’s interventions in Gojra. The VOA team also interviewed the Administrator regarding the current projects of PCP in Gojra. The Administrator expressed satisfaction over the pace of developmental projects.
DPD, PCP briefed the Administrator and MC-concerned staff over the purpose of the visit. He described that PCP is a very important project which aims to promote service delivery so that the public could receive maximum benefits. PO (Communication), PCP introduced the team of VOA and narrated that the coverage will raise awareness among people on PCP-related activities.
The visiting team also went to the field to monitor the progress of infrastructure projects including the replacement of sewer line of 24 inches from Kumharan Wala Chowk to Pasco Godown road in Gojra. The VOA team also interviewed the residents about how their lives have improved owing to this development.
One of the disposal stations in Bhalwand Pura, Gojra was also visited where the replacement of a sludge pump of 5 cusec capacity and a sluice valve of 12 inches was carried out.
The VOA team was also taken to Ali Asghar Park - a recreational facility in the heart of Gojra. Laborers were busy placing concrete pavers in the park. Benches had also been installed in the park for the comfort of people as part of the program. The quality of the concrete pavers and thickness of the sand cushion, sub-base was examined at the main entrance of the park. DPD, PCP instructed the consultant to provide the expansion joint at the boundary wall of Ali Asghar Park.
PCP aspires to bring a real change in the lives of people by promoting sustainable development in Punjab.