LAHORE – An Integrated Master Plan has been formulated by the Lahore Development Authority to provide guidelines for the expansion and development of the City up to 2021.
LDA Chief Metropolitan Planner Waseem Ahmed Khan, addressing a group of DMG officers on Wednesday, said that the plan comprised recommendations in all sectors of urban planning, including land development, housing, transportation, community facilities, public utilities, infrastructure, environment and institutional framework.
During the briefing at the Lahore Development Authority’s Johar Town office for 40 probationary officers, who are taking part in the 34th Specialised Training Programme, CMP Waseem presented the salient features of the Master Plan.
The officers were briefed about the working and future plans of the LDA’s Urban Development Wing, Wasa as well as Traffic Engineering and Transport Planning Agency for the development of infrastructure in the City. He informed the visiting officers that the Master Plan “recommends future expansion and development of Lahore to the south of Hadyara Drain”. He also told them that the LDA had already launched three housing schemes in the area.
The CMP said that one of the schemes, namely the LDA City, comprising an area of 45,000 kanals on the Ferozepur Road, near Kahna Nau, “is the most significant of the three”. The LDA, he added, had also approved 24 private housing schemes in the area. Mr. Waseem Ahmed Khan said that in order to lessen the pressure on the Central Business District on The Mall, the Master Plan “proposes two new sites for establishing commercial centres. Planning is in its final phase for the first commercial area, which will be established on 1,400 kanals of land in Johar Town. Another area of about 200 hectors has been proposed for development of the Business District towards the south of Hadyara Drain”.
The CMP further informed the officers that large institutional areas had been earmarked near the proposed Business District to relocate the Civil Secretariat and other large offices from the Central Business District.
LDA Chief Metropolitan Planner revealed that in order to curb migration to Lahore and control pressure on its infrastructure, the Master Plan also recommends establishment of new settlements falling in the radius of 75 km of the City, within a distance of one-way travel time of 90 minutes from Lahore.
The settlements that can be upgraded for this purpose include Shiekhupura, Sharakpur, Mureedke, Raiwind, Bhaipheru, Pattoki and Kasur.
The officers were also briefed by Director Engineering TEPA Khalid Alvi, who informed them that TEPA had conserved more than 200 Kms of ‘Right of Way’ of Structural Plan Roads in South of Lahore in accordance with Structural Master Plan 2021, thus saving the Government of the Punjab from incurring an expenditure of approximately Rs. 20 billion from acquisition of land.
He said that the Traffic Engineering and Transport Planning Agency is executing different projects for the improvement of roads in the city, including remodeling of Model Town Link Road, rehabilitation of Maulana Shabbir Usmani Road and remodeling of Main Boulevard Garden Town.
Briefing the officers about functioning of his organisation, Wasa Director Planning Abdul Qadeer Chaudhry said that in an effort to ensure proper management of the systems, Wasa has prepared a 6-year Business Plan with the assistance of JICA and the Urban Unit. The objective for the preparation of business plan defines a road map for achieving financial sustainability for the Water and Sanitation Agency.