Punjab Government is planning to build a science enclave for establishing state of the art research laboratories and an admin building for Punjab Agriculture Food & Drug Authority (PAFDA)
A meeting to review progress in the revised master plan of “Science Enclave” to be constructed at Thokar Niaz Baig, Lahore was held in Civil Secretariat here today. Additional Chief Secretary Punjab Shamail Ahmad Khawaja presided over the meeting. Director General PAFDA Dr. Muhammad Ashraf Tahir gave a detailed briefing regarding structure designing of the project, while Project Director Sohail Ashraf, Chief Executive Officer Infrastructure Development Authority Punjab Mujahid Sherdil, Additional Secretary (Welfare) S&GAD Mudassar Riaz Malik and other relevant officers were also present.
What is the Science Enclave all about?
The project of “Science Enclave” comprises a spacious auditorium, Admin Block of Punjab Agriculture Food & Drug Authority (PAFDA) and the most modern testing laboratories spreading over an area of 64 Kanal of land adjacent to Punjab Forensic Science Agency in Thokar Niaz Baig, Lahore. Three separate laboratories to test chemical fertilizers/pesticides, edible-items, and drugs for human consumption, will be accommodated in the seven-floor high-rise recta-linear building of the Science Enclave. Initial cost worth Rs.1.5 billion has been estimated for the construction of seven storey-building; whereas more than Rs.4 billion will be spent on procurement of state-of-the-art equipment for the science enclave which will commensurate the world class standard in the laboratory testing of drugs, food items, and agricultural inputs. The meeting was further informed that the project would be completed with a total cost of Rs.6 billion.
Science Enclave would be a step forward towards the development of scientific research in the province, as Arfa Karim Technology Park has served as a way to boost the IT. The building would also be an addition to beautifying the skyline of Lahore.
Still, a question arises, in Punjab where we have not been able to make sure that all our kids get access to primary schools, how can we justify that only such mega projects in already developed cities (that eats up half the budget of an entire province) would guarantee an overall development.