Demand for early completion of college building

SIALKOT: The building of the recently established Govt. Shehbaz Sharif Girls Degree College Jaamkey Cheema in Daska tehsil has been lying non-functional due to the funds paucity.

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif had announced the establishment of this college in December 2009 with estimated cost of Rs. 67.783 million and the construction of this building was to be completed in December 2011 in a stipulated period of two years. But four years have passed the construction work has not yet been completed due to which the college building was lying useless for the last four years.

As many as 96 percent construction had already been completed but the lack of funds was the hurdle in the completion of this project. The local students were unable to get higher education at this college.

When contacted, District Officer (Colleges) Sialkot Shamas Malik told the newsmen that the said nasty situation had already been repeatedly brought into the provincial education department high ups for the early release of the needed funds for the completion of this project. He said that no funds have yet been released for the completion of this project. He said only Rs. 2.5 million were needed to complete this construction. He said that the contractor had already fled away after leaving the construction work incomplete due to non-availability of the funds.

He said that the early release of the needed funds (Rs.2.5 million) would be helpful in making this college building functional in the larger interest of the local girl students, enabling them to get the higher education at local level.

Expressing grave concern over this situation, the local notables have urged the Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, Commissioner Gujranwala Division Khawaja Shamail Ahmed and Sialkot DCO Iftikhar Ali Sahu to take serious notice and ensure the early functioning of the said college.