Islamabad: Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan on Thursday was informed about the environmental protection measures planned for Ravi Urban City, which are according to the modern forestation policy in order to address the environmental hazards in the city, news sources reported.
PM Imran Khan presided over a review meeting on Ravi Urban City and Lahore Central Business District, during which he was informed that existing forests will be protected and new green areas, including botanical gardens and public parks, will be developed in line with the objectives.
Minister of State for Information Farrukh Habib, Chairman Naya Pakistan Housing Authority Lt. Gen (retired) Anwar Ali Haider, Special Assistant Dr Shahbaz Gill, and Vice Chairman Lahore Development Authority Sheikh Muhammad Imran were present at the meeting. Finance Minister Shaukat Fayyaz Tarin, Adviser to Punjab Chief Minister Dr Salman Shah, Provincial Minister for Housing Punjab Mian Mahmood ur Rasheed, CEO Ravi Urban Development Authority (RUDA) Imran Amin, and other top officials attended the meeting through video link.
Aside from that, the project will include the construction of bird sanctuaries and butterfly parks which will comply with the international standards. During the meeting, it was stated that a 24,000 Kanal Jhoke Forest would be established in Ravi Urban City for environmental protection. It will be the country’s first forest to be monitored by smart sensors. Concerned authorities will work with Huawei and provide technical assistance. In addition, a Knowledge Park encompassing 150 acres would be established.
Furthermore, Ravi City will be home to the world’s first Renewable Industrial Zone, which would cover 2,000 acres and accommodate 1,000 industries. The industrial zone will include IT parks, low-pollution and green industry, water treatment plants, landfill sites, cold storage, and much more.
In terms of the Central Business District, PM was briefed that in the first phase, an auction of five plots would be placed on August 4, 2021, with projected revenue of PKR 13 billion. The second phase will follow soon.
The meeting also reviewed Sapphire Bay, and the PM expressed pleasure with the pace with which the work was completed.