Rawalpindi: According to reports released on Thursday, the Punjab government has agreed to establish a ‘Strategic Planning Unit’ in the commissioner’s office to rewrite Rawalpindi’s master plan.
The commissioner convened a meeting to review the master plan and urban development progress under the Punjab Land Rules 2020. The Punjab Land Rules 2020, according to Rawalpindi Commissioner Gulzar Hussain Shah, would safeguard the protection of agricultural land and lush plots.
He stated that the revision of Rawalpindi’s master plan is a top priority, and that a planning unit has been established for this reason. The Strategic Planning Unit will also supervise the city’s megaprojects’ compliance with provincial and federal regulations.
According to a senior official of the Rawalpindi District Administration (RDA), the city’s green space has diminished over time as housing complexes have grown exponentially. A greenbelt is required by law to surround the city in order to maintain it pollution-free, but housing groups have seized agricultural property.
Furthermore, the official added that the Rawalpindi Municipal Corporation, cantonment boards, district administration, RDA, and housing and planning departments are among the city’s planning authorities for construction control and expansion. Nonetheless, each of these agencies operates independently and has its own set of laws and regulations.