PUF 2011: Punjab Government Plans Low Cost Houses at Chungi Amar Sidhu
LAHORE, March 1: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says the Punjab government desires to utilise its resources in an effective way by introducing scores of urban development and housing projects with the involvement of all stakeholders.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony of a five day Pakistan Urban Forum (PUF) at Alhamra Hall on Tuesday, he said: “I know many housing societies have been developed in Lahore and other parts of the province without proper legal framework and provision of necessary civic facilities. But I don’t blame the previous governments or others for creating this chaos as being chief minister it is now my responsibility to do my work honestly by curbing such wrong practices.” The CM said the Punjab government had started implementing its programme to develop low-cost housing projects for the poor and the deserving by initiating work on Ashiana Housing Scheme. He said the departments concerned had also identified a piece of land worth billions near Chungi Amar Sidhu for developing another housing scheme for low-income people.
“In Ashiana and other lowcost schemes the Punjab gov ernment will ensure provision of all civic facilities to the poor as available to the residents of Model Town or other posh localities,” Mr Sharif said, adding he had already ordered to extend this project across the province.
Talking about city management of Istanbul (Turkey), he appreciated performance of Mr Kadir Topbas (Istanbul’s Mayor) for managing a huge population of 20 million people in the city.
“I am really impressed with Mr Kadir who made Istanbul a well-managed city among few most developed cities of the world. I also admire him for rendering technical services and support to Pakistani experts engaged in planning and development of Lahore,” he said.
Earlier Planning and Development Department Chairman Javaid Aslam and urban management expert Mr Christopher highlighted aims and objectives of the forum.
FORUM’S SCHEDULE: Three sessions will be held at Alhamra Hall, 1, II and III on Wednesday (today) in which various experts will deliver their papers and express their views to increase urban facilities and overcome the challenges of urbanisation.
The plenary session will start at Hall No II at 9am in which the Planning Commission will give its presentation.
A presentation will also be made on urban challenges in Punjab and Sindh. A guest lecture on ‘Disaster management and rehabilitation in urban areas’ will be held from 11:30am to 1:30pm at Hall No 1 which will be chaired by the National Disaster Management Authority director-general. Another guest lecture on the topic of housing will be delivered which will be chaired by Punjab Land Development Company Chairman Sheikh Allauddin.
Two technical sessions – one on the topic of urban growth and other on urban governance – will be held from 11:30am to 1:30pm at Hall No III and from 2:30pm to 5pm at Hall No III, respectively. The first session will be chaired by Saad Rafique and the second by Khwaja Hassaan. A roundtable discussion on ‘Pakistan world professional support programme’ will be held from 11:30am to 1:30pm at committee room while 2nd roundtable on ‘Contribution of women to urban economic growth and services’ will be held from 2:30pm to 5:00pm at committee room. The exhibition will remain open from 9am to 5pm.