LAHORE: The Punjab government has decided to draught master plans for 154 urban local governments/cities in an effort to manage increased migration from small villages to larger cities, according to the government.

Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, and Multan were left off the list since they already have master plans for land use and zoning for residential, commercial, agricultural, and industrial operations.

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The participants stressed beginning the project for the production of master plans for 154 urban local governments other than metropolitan cities, according to the minutes of a recent meeting of the project management unit (PMU), presided over by the local government department secretary.

The Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners (PCATP) unanimously agreed to produce master plans for 154 towns/cities over the course of a year with the help of certified town planning firms. The PMU will ensure that plans are followed up on, monitored, and implemented in year three.

In addition to electing an urban specialist/planner as the PMU’s head, the participants agreed to form a steering committee.

“The government wants to promote vertical growth while controlling horizontal growth, protect green spaces from unbridled land price increases, create site development zones for residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural activities, high-rise structures, and low-cost apartment projects in the midst of economic activity generation,” says the statement. Only when we create master plans for the aforementioned cities will this be possible. We can restrict migration from small to large cities in this way,” Ms Laila explained.

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