Lahore: Urban experts have urged the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) to notify the city’s boundaries in order to control Lahore’s horizontal growth, a news source reported.
The experts have also recommended that LDA should upgrade the city’s infrastructure, and control residential and commercial constructions in green areas.
Urban expert Imrana Tiwana stated that vertical growth is a good venture but LDA needs to do its preparation before initiating it. She said that the authority must ensure that areas where such building would be constructed must have upgraded and adequate facilities.
Legal and urban expert Rafay Alam stated that Lahore’s horizontal growth needs to be controlled as the city’s current infrastructure is consuming agricultural area and leading to environmental issues. He added, however, that the initiative to develop the city vertically should be executed only with proper planning.
Alam told that they have divided the city into four zones: mid-rise zones 1 and 2, and high-rise zones 1 and 2. He said that LDA will conduct full preparations before launching the project; taking on-board line departments and urban experts.
Alam added that the departments concerned will be tasked with infrastructure upgrade in the city. He said that the civic agency also plans to hear public opinion, along with conducting required studies for the vertical expansion project.
Previously, LDA had allowed apartment buildings on plots measuring four kanals and more. With Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan’s directions for vertical expansion, LDA now wants to allow such constructions on plots measuring 10 marlas and above.