‘New Lahore’ project to provide 1.2m jobs, set up 1.8m residential units: Firdous Awan

Statesman Report

LAHORE: A "New Lahore" plan being launched by the PTI-led government would represent the wishes of the city's residents and overseas Pakistanis, the special assistant to Punjab chief minister, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, said Friday.

"The 'New Lahore' plan is a masterpiece," Dr Firdous Awan said, adding that although it was planned and announced seven years ago, "the past government, in its goals of bragging and gasconade, focused more on the plans that provided higher kickbacks".

"River Ravi, which was Lahore's identity and real face, has now become a pile of garbage. The drainage, dirt, and the damage to the river's own beauty in River Ravi, has become an ugly blot on Lahore's face," the chief minister's aide said.

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and the provincial government have taken the initiative to make Lahore a beautiful region, with "modern, latest, technology-based innovative ideas", she said.

"The 'New Lahore' plan is aimed at bringing to life the dreams that all Pakistanis — and especially residents of Lahore — have set in their eyes," she added. "As you know, Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation stone of this project two months ago."

Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan mentioned that the 'New Lahore' project attracted "a safe investment worth Rs28 billion, will provide employment to 1.2 million people, and set up 1.8 residential units".

The 'New Lahore' project would have 13 centres — including sports, knowledge, health, and commercial cities — as well as other plans. More than six million plants will be planted to control environmental pollution and "a 46-kilometre lake is a main prime factor of this plan", she explained.

The lake would "not only improve our ecosystem but resume the underground water supply and, ultimately, the residents of Lahore — which is currently the centre of water-bound diseases — will get rid of those".

"In this region, this will be the latest technology-based housing and tourism spot, will initiate economic mobility, and attract investment from the overseas Pakistanis. It will bring prosperity and development and [unlike the plans of] those who remained busy building their palaces in Jati Umrah, this will become an actual masterpiece to be implemented through the Ravi Urban Development Authority (RUDA) project. :p>