ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has stressed the need for revising the master plans of major cities to address the problems arising out of the growing urban population.
The premier said this while chairing a weekly meeting of the National Coordination Committee on Housing, Construction and Development in Islamabad on Thursday.
The PM Imran directed the committee to adopt modern and international standard methods for master plans, adding state-of-the-art technology should be used for revising the master plans of the cities.
He said that a master plan will not only help provide better facilities to the citizens but will also prevent misuse of space allotted for civic amenities and other purposes.
The meeting was informed that mapping is underway in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta and data has been collected from other small towns and rural areas which are being digitised. This process will eliminate problems in determining the actual ownership of the land and will help in better planning, the meeting was told.
PM Imran directed all the provincial chief secretaries to provide the provincial land record to the Surveyor General as soon as possible so that the mapping process could be completed.
The PM spoke out against the Sindh chief secretary over the prolonged delay in giving approval to the new construction projects in the province. He said that Punjab gave approval to 664 projects during the past six months while Sindh approved only 19 during the same period. He maintained that such delaying tactics will not be tolerated.
He ordered the Sindh chief secretary to immediately give approval to the pending construction projects and provide every possible facility to the traders in the province. During the meeting, all the four provinces presented their six-month reports pretending to be new construction projects.
Earlier on November 30, the premier had said that the promotion of the construction sector will help boost economic activities and create new jobs for the youth.
Talking to the Naya Pakistan Housing and Development Authority chairman, who called on him in Islamabad, the premier had directed him to execute new projects by keeping in view all environmental and health aspects. He had maintained that environmental protection was among the top priorities of the government.