Lahore is the second-largest city in Pakistan and the capital of the Punjab province in terms of population. The current status of the city has not been given to it just like that instead there are factors and reasons that justify its position among other cities of the province. Features like a vast network of city roads, the number of trunk roads connecting it with other major cities of the province, Ravi River etc. made it a model metropolis of the province.
Later on, other factors such as educational institutions, the commercial centre of the province, modern healthcare facilities and more also contributed to maintaining its status. The population of Lahore is growing and so is the need for resources, employment opportunities, housing and road networks among other things. To cater to all these needs of the city, the development of a new master plan for Lahore is already underway.
In the past, master plans for Lahore were made in different years by different authorities but somehow those plans were not implemented as expected and hence the desired results were not achieved. The Master Plan for Lahore 2050 is, however, in its development phase with the challenge of successful implementation. Let us see what to expect from the new master plan or at least which areas will be covered under this plan.
Master Plan For Lahore – 2050
There were a lot of different issues that were highlighted in the Lahore Master Plan – 2021 after analyzing the existing situation of the city. Most of these were categorized in the following five types:
- Land management and housing
- Traffic and Transportation
- Sustainable living environment
- Urban governance
The objectives laid out for Lahore Master Plan – 2050 have been set according to the modern day needs of the city. This not only includes planning and development of the city, infrastructure and economy of the city but also outlines other defining aspects of the city which are a must if a well-planned, consolidated and integrated plan has to be submitted. Broadly, these objectives, as mentioned in the request for expression of interest by Lahore Development Authority (LDA), are as follows:
While the selected firm will be required to develop a master plan of Lahore, it will also be required to provide regional plans of urban settlements. In addition to that, the scope of work also requires a strategic development plan, implementation framework and guidelines, monitoring and evaluation framework and communication and consultation plan.
Being the second-largest city in the country, Lahore has a huge development potential that it will continue to enjoy because of being a commercial and trade hub, professional and educational centre, transportation routes, proximity to rural areas and history and culture. Lahore is a teeming metropolis, however, unlike Karachi, its ability to expand its borders is quite limited. Therefore, authorities need to ensure that land in Lahore is utilized efficiently to maximize benefits.
Lahore Master Plan – 2021
According to the 2021 plan, Defence Road, Multan Road, Ferozepur Road were supposed to be urbanized in a period of 20 years. Industrial zones were proposed to be created in and around different parts of the city. A focus on health, education and recreational areas and facilities was also proposed.
To cater to the need for the provision of houses to the poor and low-income families and the development of communities that are marked safe for living, locations for low-income housing were also proposed in the 2021 master plan for Lahore.
Lahore Master Plan 2050 Latest News
The development of the Master Plan for Lahore 2050 is still in its planning phase and will reportedly take at least one more year to complete. The plan will be comprehensive and cover every aspect such as traffic, housing, infrastructure, industrial areas etc. so far there has been only one update that has been given out by the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Chairman.
The new master plan will have new industrial areas to cater to the emerging needs of spaces for the industrial sector in and around the city. At present, there are only two industrial areas in Lahore which are Quaid-e-Azam Industrial Estate and Sundar Industrial Estate. Presently, both these industrial estates have reached their full capacity while the demand for industrial land is continuously increasing because of which the cost of industrial land has also increased multi-folds.
More Green Areas Added to Lahore Master Plan 2050
The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has recently claimed to have added 33,000 acres of undeveloped land (brown areas) to green areas in the city’s future master plan.
“In [the] north side of Lahore (Kala Shah Kaku and Muridke sides in Sheikhupura district), we have taken 27,000 acres out of the undeveloped brown areas and declared them as green ones for agricultural use. Similarly, another 6,000 acres have been taken of the brown areas along the Bambawali-Ravi-Bedian (BRB) Canal and allocated them for green areas or the National Strategic Policies,” LDA Director General Aamir Ahmad Khan stated while sharing details of the Lahore Master Plan 2050 with the media.
“It is not one master plan but 49 plans for all major and small and major cities of Lahore division,” the LDA DG further added while elaborating on the extensive scope of the master plan project.
Updated: September 1, 2022
The provincial government of Punjab is now closer than ever to finalising Lahore Division’s Masterplan 2050. Provincial Minister for Housing, Urban Development, Industry and Commerce Mian Aslam Iqbal said that Lahore’s Masterplan 2050 is at the final stage and will identify and address the commercial, industrial and other civic issues.
Lahore Development Authority (LDA) in May 2022 launched the second phase of consultation to get public input.
The draft of the Masterplan 2050 will be submitted to LDA management in the next month which will then submit it to an internal review committee. After the review from the committee, if approved, it will be sent to the provincial scrutiny committee which is headed by the secretary of housing. If approved by all the committees and departments, the plan will be sent to the governing body of LDA for final approval after which it will be enforced.
Updated: May 12, 2022
The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has started the second round of consultation to get public input on the master plan for Lahore 2050. This includes inviting people to come forward through public notices to get more viable and logical input and so far, about 20 observations have been submitted through the LDA one-window operation. In addition to this, the LDA also plans on issuing more public notices to get more input and arranging public hearings in Lahore, Sheikhupura, Kasur and Nankana Sahib.
In the first round, such public hearings in all of these cities were also arranged in association with other stakeholders.
According to the projections of Lahore Master Plan 2050, the population of the city will witness an increase of 12.6 million in the next 28 years, while the recommended housing within the boundaries of the city is only nine million. Housing for the remaining population is recommended outside the city on the northern side.
There you have it — all the important information on the Lahore Master Plan 2050. For more updates regarding the mega urban development project, keep checking back.
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