Faisalabad: The Faisalabad Development Authority (FDA) has agreed to create a five-member committee made up of stakeholders to investigate the concerns surrounding the city’s planned master plan.

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The decision was reached during a meeting held on Monday at the Circuit House, when members of the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) and private housing colony developers were informed by FDA officials and the private business drafting the ‘Faisalabad Master Plan.’

Former FCCI president Rizwan Ashraf stated that the chamber had flatly rejected the proposed plan because authorities had altered nearly the whole Peri Urban Plan, which had been authorised and was set to be implemented until 2035.

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During a meeting, he claimed the FCCI learned that officials were planning to decrease the “brown area,” where building and project execution had been permitted under the Peri Urban Plan.

The ‘brown region’ was renamed the ‘green area’ in the new plan mainly to appease Prime Minister Imran Khan, who wants cities to expand vertically, he noted.

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Following stakeholder concerns, FDA authorities formed a five-member group, including two representatives from the FCCI and two from the developers, as well as a lawyer. On August 17th, the FDA attempted to have the proposal authorised by soliciting public comments and ideas, reportedly without providing a draught or briefing to the stakeholders.

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