LAHORE: A “New Lahore” challenge being launched by the PTI authorities is geared toward bringing to life the desires of all Pakistanis, particular assistant to Punjab chief minister, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, stated Friday, including that it will characterize the needs of town’s residents and abroad Pakistanis.
Terming it “a masterpiece,” Dr Firdous Awan famous that though the ‘New Lahore’ challenge was deliberate and introduced seven years in the past, “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 stated.
Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and the provincial authorities have taken the initiative to make Lahore a stupendous metropolis, with “modern, latest, technology-based innovative ideas”, she stated.
“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 talked about that the ‘New Lahore’ challenge 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’ challenge would have 13 centres — together with sports activities, data, well being, and business enterprises — in addition to different plans. More than six million crops can be planted to regulate environmental air pollution and “a 46-kilometre lake is a main prime factor of this plan”, she defined.
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-borne diseases — will get rid of those as well”.
“In this area, this would be the newest technology-based housing and tourism spot, will provoke financial mobility, and entice funding from the abroad Pakistanis. It will convey prosperity and improvement and [unlike the plans of] those that remained busy constructing their palaces in Jati Umrah, this may turn out to be an precise masterpiece to be carried out by way of the Ravi Urban Development Authority (RUDA) challenge.
“We will include our friends in the media in it as well. I made a suggestion that [the ‘New Lahore’ plan] should include a media city as well so that the youth of our future whose livelihood is associated with the media industry may benefit,” she stated.
“A project that has so much volume and worth is incomplete without journalists,” she added.
Dr Awan regretted that Lahore was no extra the identical metropolis that the older generations praised for its magnificence, tradition, and tourism.
“Today’s Lahore has failed to uphold the traditions of their elders because the challenges here include traffic pollution, smog, a haphazard growth of population, lack of planning in housing sector and road network, and the lack of organised structure everywhere [in Lahore] is being felt.”
The CM’s aide clarified that some folks had been misguided concerning the ‘New Lahore’ challenge both as a result of “the residents were not properly made aware of the benefits of this project or the proper way to make them aware was vague, paving the way for misunderstandings”.
She criticised information and media shops for “showing protests” and “one side of the picture”, saying the federal government now wished to indicate the opposite aspect of the image, the realities, in addition to the challenges and alternatives to “this reality-based project”.
“The government’s job is to translate every challenge into an opportunity,” she famous.