Lahore’s upcoming construction projects to address environmental hazards

Web DeskWeb Editor

30th Jul, 2021. 03:16 pm

ISLAMABAD: Lahore’s upcoming Ravi Urban City is being designed under a modern forestation policy to address the environmental hazards of the metropolitan, Prime Minister Imran Khan was informed.

The prime minister, who chaired a review meeting on the Ravi Urban City and Lahore Central Business District, was informed that the comprehensive policy would include protection of the existing forests and establishment of green areas, including public parks and botanical gardens.

Bird sanctuaries and butterfly parks as per the international standards and in consultation with the experts will be another highlight of the policy.

The prime minister was apprised that a 24,000-kanal Jhoke Forest, to be set up in Ravi City, would be the first of its kind in the country, which will be monitored by smart sensors.

The project has been partnered with Huawei for technical support. A Knowledge Park spread over 150 acres of land will be set up in the vicinity.

It was also highlighted that over 1,000 industries would be set up within the country’s first Renewable Industrial Zone spread over an area of 2,000 acres in Ravi Urban City.

The Industrial Zone will offer the facilities such as the information technology parks, cold storage, landfill sites, low-pollution and green industry, green reserves and water treatment plants. In addition, a waste power plant will be installed in the project.

On the Central Business District, the prime minister was briefed that in the first phase, Rs13 billion was expected from the auction of five plots on August 4, 2021. The second phase will also be held in the near future.

In his remarks on the occasion, the prime minister said the two projects would play a key role in resolving the problems of the Lahore city and promote economic activities.

He directed the formulation of a comprehensive strategy for the unhindered progress on the projects.

The meeting was also briefed in detail about the Sapphire Bay, to which the prime minister expressed satisfaction over the pace of work.

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