Peshawar: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Mahmood Khan, on Thursday, agreed in principle to the master plan proposed for the completion of New Balakot City, according to news sources.
The CM presided over the review meeting of New Balakot City Development Projects (NBCDP), which was attended by Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Lt. Gen. Akhtar Nawaz, Administrative Secretaries of concerned provincial departments, Commissioner Hazara Riaz Mahsood, Chief Engineer New Balakot City Project, Administrative Secretaries of concerned provincial departments, Director-General Earthquake Reconstruction & Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA), Director General Provincial Earthquake Reconstruction & Rehabilitation Authority (PERRA), concerned consultants, and relevant officials.
The project’s data indicated that the PKR 15 billion New Balakot City Projectis being developed near Bakriyal village, Mansehra District, roughly 1.6 kilometres from the Hazara Motorway. The project has been divided into sections, two of which have been completed thus far.
According to the master plan, the New Balakot City would cover an area of 8440 kanals. The total number of residential plots to be developed is 6753, with 4273 allocated for earthquake victims and 700 reserved for Bakriyal residents. Furthermore, 575 commercial plots will be constructed. It was also reported that 90% of the money had already been transferred to the landowners.
During the meeting, the CM directed that resolving the concerns of earthquake victims and restoring their trust is a key priority. He also discussed the progress of the project.
It was decided that a committee will be established spearheaded by Commissioner Hazara, to come up with workable proposals. Once the plan is finalised, it will be presented to Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan for approval.
Furthermore, CM asked the committee to outline the roles and duties of the various agencies involved in the project’s implementation. He reaffirmed that the provincial administration is working hard to keep the commitments made to quake survivors.