Work on 28 Punjab cities master plans going on at fast pace
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that public awareness was essential to discourage the haphazard growth of cities.
Chairing the meeting of the National Coordination Committee on Housing, he called for a strategy for protection of the environment, green belts, as well as from emergency situations and natural calamities. The protection of Margalla Hills and other tourist points was among the government priorities, he added.
During the meeting, the prime minister was apprised that the work on the master planning of 28 cities of Punjab with over 60 million population, was going on at a fast pace.
The relevant authorities informed the meeting that efforts were being made to complete the preparation of master plans at the earliest. It was also informed that the master plans would encompass the utility of land, economic development, basic infrastructure and financial planning of institutions, tourism and cultural heritage, transport and comprehensive planning for the protection against emergency situations and natural calamities.
The relevant authorities also apprised about the status of amendments in the master plans, as well as the method for future modifications.
It was told that the land policy was also being changed and a special commercialisation committee was being formed, besides introducing the categorisation of the land.
Moreover, the policy of high-rise building was being adopted to accommodate maximum people in minimum space to protect green spaces.
Regarding Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, it was informed that the master plan of 20 main cities, including nine cities of merged districts, would be completed within the stipulated time that would ensure the protection of forests and water channels and promote construction of high-rise buildings.
The meeting was also apprised that the master plans of Peshawar, Mardan, Charsadda, Nowshera, Swabi and Abbottabad were ready, while those of another five cities were in final stages.
Regarding Islamabad, it was said that bylaws were being formulated to cater to the high-rise buildings and to avert any problems for the residents after the construction.
Moreover, a strategy has also been devised for the protection of green areas in Zone-3.
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