Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister (CM) Mahmood Khan approved the Urban Policy 2030 and its action plan that will encourage the development of smart cities, according to a news published on January 19.
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The news source mentioned that this initiative will ensure well-organised management of land in order to meet the needs of the urban centres. During the meeting, CM Khan approved the proposed master plans for urban areas of Wana in the South Waziristan tribal district, Mardan City, and Mirali In the North Waziristan tribal district.
CM Khan stated that streamlining civic facilities in all sectors is crucial and no negligence can be tolerated. He went on to say that the KP is the first province to develop an urban policy. He directed the authorities concerned for effective implementation of the master plans and directed the authorities to prepare a ‘pragmatic implementation mechanism’ within three months.
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Under the policy, it will promote the development of smart cities with its environmental, social, and gender aspects. The city administrators will have the flexibility to formulate the city management plans according to the requirements and needs of their areas. It was shared that the key components of policy include affordable housing, land use and floor area planning, traffic & mobility ease, municipal services & livability, tourism in the cities, economic and real estate development, strategic city management planning, and institutional capacity building to implement policy properly.
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It is pertinent to note that the policy was developed by the Urban Policy and Planning Unit and Sub-National Governance Programme after consultation for more than 12 months. As per the details, the policy will be applicable to all urban area development authorities and their targets will be reviewed after every two years until 2030.