Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam on Monday said the master plans of 80 major urban centers were underway that would be completed by the end of 2022 to clearly demarcate limits of cities expanding rapidly.
The SAPM while commenting on the unbridled sprawling of the cities without proper planning and management told APP that there was no master plan of any city before the establishment of the federal capital of Islamabad.
Amin said the present government of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan has taken the initiative to set a positive direction of the fast developing cities across the country.
He said the master plans were direly needed to protect the arable land under threat of greedy builders and housing societies’ owners.
“The Punjab government as per Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision of vertical expansion has already banned use of farmland for new housing. It is now conditioned with the approval of the provincial cabinet’s approval which is an uphill task,” Amin informed.
#MargallaAvenue is part of Islamabad’s master plan prepared in 1960 but it could not be constructed yet. CDA is going to execute this project on its own. Once a bankrupt organization CDA has now become financially vibrant under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan
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The SAPM noted that the similar plan was being replicated in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
To a question, he said the master plan of Islamabad was developed back in 1960 and it required moderation and review as per the recent population and urbanization trends.
He mentioned that there was need to ensure strict compliance of the master plans of the urban centers to ensure a sustainable and livable cities for the coming generations amid surging phenomenon of climate change.
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It may be mentioned here that a UNDP report claims that Pakistan has the highest urbanization rate in South Asia. It also shows an increasing pressure on the existing housing infrastructure of the country with a 5% growth rate of population.