ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Ravi Urban Development Authority (RUDA) and Central Business District (CBD), Walton are landmark real estate projects to save climate, environment, and ecology of Lahore.
“It is first time in the history of Pakistan that dead capital is being regenerated into valuable assets through these projects. The success of these projects would serve as a model for other cash-strapped departments to replicate for generating financial resources,” the prime minister said while chairing a meeting to review progress made so far on RUDA and CBD projects.
Earlier, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) RUDA Imran Amin briefed the prime minister that development work on different innovative projects of RUDA are in full swing. These projects include the development of Chaharbagh, industrial estate, water training work, Saphire Bay, Waste to Energy Plant and Waste Treatment Plant.
All administrative and environmental issues have been resolved and the projects are moving ahead.
The prime minister was also briefed that the construction of Bab-e-Pakistan, a Museum on the history of Walton from 1900 to date, an LNG-based captive power plant, and a state of the art teaching hospital in CBD, Walton is also on track and is expected to be complete by March next year.
The prime minister was also apprised on the progress of Nullah Lai and Ring Road projects in Rawalpindi.
Prime Minister Imran Khan highlighted that all these projects are of supreme national interests for the Country. He directed the authorities concerned to adopt proactive and innovative approach for their completion on fast track basis.
The meeting was attended by the Minister of State on Information & Broadcasting Farrukh Habib, the Special Assistant on Political Communication Dr Shahbaz Gill, the Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar, the Chairman Naya Pakistan Housing & Development Authority (NAPHDA) Lt General (retd) Anwar Ali Haider, CEO RUDA and senior officers concerned.
The Punjab Local Government Minister Mian Mehmood ur Rasheed, the Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab Dr Salman Shah, the Special Assistant to the Chief Minister Punjab on Information Hassan Khawar and senior officers concerned from the Punjab government joined the meeting via video link