Islamabad (Web Desk): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said that Ravi Urban Development (RUD) and Central Business District (CBD) projects would substantially reduce pollution levels by featuring green spaces, waste management, clean energy sources and eco-friendly international best practices.
The premier said this while chairing a meeting in Islamabad to review progress on the projects.
PM Imran said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led government had no self-interest but only working for welfare of masses and action would be taken against officials not adhering to projects’ timelines.
“The government has revitalized dead capital to earn revenues and has initiated landmark construction projects that no previous government planned in last 20 years,” PM Imran said, adding that these projects will substantially reduce pollution levels due to inclusion of green spaces, waste management, clean energy sources and eco-friendly international best practices.
The prime minister directed Punjab government to actively pursue legal cases pending against these projects.
Earlier, the meeting was briefed that green spaces had been reserved in all projects and clean technologies would be used to ensure eco-friendly construction.
It was apprised that 7 international groups have participated in establishment of a waste treatment plant in Ravi Urban Development project and agreements have been reached with international organizations including UN-HABITAT to comply with international green standards.
The meeting was also updated regarding components of Ravi Urban Development project to be considered for inclusion in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.
The meeting was informed that 1500 kanals Chaharbagh Residential project had been launched with 3000 apartments and 1000 low cost apartments and 17,500 applications had been received for balloting to be held next month.
Regarding CBD, it was apprised that Rs15 billion revenue was expected from sale of seven mixed used plots. It was informed that leveling and excavation work had started in Walton.
The meeting was attended by Chairman of Naya Pakistan Housing and Development Authority (NAPHDA) Lt General (R) Anwar Ali Haider and senior officials.
Punjab Housing Minister Mian Mehmood-ur-Rasheed, Advisor to CM Punjab Dr Salman Shah, Chief Secretary of Punjab and senior provincial government officials joined via video link.