Lahore: According to news reports, the River Urban Building Authority (RUDA) announced on Friday (September 25) that it wants to replace the water aquifer in the drying Ravi River, which will help to alleviate smog and pollution concerns in Lahore.
RUDA made these assertions in a case involving the Ravi Riverfront Urban Development Project (RRUDP) master plan’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) assessment in the Lahore High Court (LHC). If the project is completed, the city’s water reservoir capacity will increase by up to 270 billion litres through lakes, woods, and barrages, according to the RUDA council.
The project’s completion will also meet the city’s growing housing, transportation, water supply, education, health, sewerage, solid waste disposal, and congestion needs, putting it on the world’s list of emerging and planned cities.
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The RUDA council argues that this is the only way to minimise air pollution, and that the initiative will also benefit the environment by planting over six million trees outside of the urban forest. According to the report, the project will help meet half of Lahore’s need for safe drinking water. Justice Shahid Karim of the LHC has ordered the government to submit the project’s master plan to the court by September 29.