“Dubai-like” modern city near Lahore is to be developed as envisioned by the Chief Minister of Pakistan’s Punjab province. The construction of the multi-billion Ravi Riverfront Project has been approved by Chief Minister Usman Buzdar. It will be constructed to develop a modern city in the north of Lahore spread over more than 100,000 acres.
For the establishment of the city, an ordinance will be proclaimed by the Punjab government. The final approval on finances and other important matters would be given by the Punjab cabinet. It has been reported that Rs5 trillion would be invested by the private sector in the venture. The project aims to resolve the issues of traffic congestion, water shortage, and environmental pollution in Lahore.
It is expected that the new city will be comprised of 14 zones including residential zones, commercial zones, and central business districts, a large lake and three barrages, forest reserve and urban farms, medical city, innovation and knowledge city, and tourism and sports city.
A meeting was chaired by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan earlier this year of the Ravi Riverfront Urban Development Project (RRUDP) in Lahore. He asked the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) to come with a plan to meet the issues related to clean drinking water and unplanned construction.
The new vision for future urban development was shared by PM Imran Khan. He encouraged vertical construction to “allow for more green spaces as Pakistan is one of the most environmentally-threatened countries”.