ABD funds Sialkot for green makeover

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is helping the Punjab government create sustainable and habitable mid-level cities by modernizing essential infrastructure and services which includes Sialkot, a vibrant economic area famed for producing footballs and high-quality surgical tools.

According to an ADB handout, funding for urban development is improving Sialkot’s quality of life, competitiveness, and employment opportunities. More than 70% of the footballs used worldwide are produced in this location.

The handout stated, “If you have ever played football, chances are the ball was created in Sialkot, Pakistan.”

Chairman of Forward Group and Sialkot International Airport Limited (SIAL) Khawaja Masood Akhtar said “We have foreign clientele.” They visit for business meetings as well as to see our factory. Therefore, it is crucial that the city’s infrastructure including its roads, railways, airports, and dry ports, be in good condition.

It was emphasized that the ADB is assisting the growth of places like Sialkot so that public services can keep up with the increased demand.

The statement continued, “With the ADB’s assistance, over 450 tons of solid waste are effectively collected every day, and communities are taught better waste management.”

It added that “Water infrastructure is being upgraded for reliable supply, while sewerage and sanitation systems are also being rehabilitated.”

The city also supplies the footballs for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha.

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