Lahore is the second-largest city in Pakistan and the capital of the Punjab province in terms of population. The current status of the city has not been given to it just like that instead there are factors and reasons that justify its position among other cities of the province. Features like a vast network of within city roads, the number of trunk roads connecting it with other major cities of the province, Ravi River etc. made it a model metropolis of the province. Later on, other factors such as educational institutions, the commercial centre of the province, modern healthcare facilities and more also contributed to maintaining its status. The population of Lahore is growing and so is the need for resources, employment opportunities, housing and road networks among other things. To cater to all these needs of the city, the development of a new master plan for Lahore is already underway.
In the past, master plans for Lahore were made in different years by different authorities but somehow those plans were not implemented as expected and hence the desired results were not achieved. The Master Plan for Lahore 2050 is, however, in its development phase with the challenge of successful implementation. Let us see what to expect from the new master plan or at least which areas will be covered under this plan.
Master Plan For Lahore – 2050
There were a lot of different issues that were highlighted in the Lahore Master Plan – 2021 after analyzing the existing situation of the city. Most of these were categorized in the following five types:
- Land management and housing
- Traffic and transportation
- Sustainable living environment
- Urban governance
The objectives laid out for Lahore Master Plan – 2050 have been set according to the modern day needs of the city. This not only includes planning and development of the city, infrastructure and economy of the city but also outlines other defining aspects of the city which are a must if a well-planned, consolidated and integrated plan has to be submitted. Broadly, these objectives, as mentioned in the request for expression of interest by Lahore Development Authority (LDA), are as follows:
While the selected firm will be required to develop a master plan of Lahore, it will also be required to provide regional plans of urban settlements. In addition to that, the scope of work also requires a strategic development plan, implementation framework and guidelines, monitoring and evaluation framework and communication and consultation plan.
Being the second-largest city in the country, Lahore has a huge development potential that it will continue to enjoy because of being a commercial and trade hub, professional and educational centre, transportation routes, proximity to rural areas and history and culture. Lahore is a teeming metropolis, however, unlike Karachi, its ability to expand its borders is quite limited. Therefore, authorities need to ensure that land in Lahore is utilized efficiently to maximize benefits.
Lahore Master Plan – 2021
According to the 2021 plan, Defence Road, Multan Road, Ferozepur Road were supposed to be urbanized in a period of 20 years. Industrial zones were proposed to be created in and around different parts of the city. A focus on health, education and recreational areas and facilities was also proposed.
To cater to the need for the provision of houses to the poor and low-income families and the development of communities that are marked safe for living, locations for low-income housing were also proposed in the 2021 master plan for Lahore.
What To Expect From Lahore Master Plan 2050?
The development of the Master Plan for Lahore 2050 is still in its planning phase and will reportedly take at least one more year to complete. The plan will be comprehensive and cover every aspect such as traffic, housing, infrastructure, industrial areas etc. so far there has been only one update that has been given out by the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Chairman.
The new master plan will have new industrial areas to cater to the emerging needs of spaces for the industrial sector in and around the city. At present, there are only two industrial areas in Lahore which are Quaid-e-Azam Industrial Estate and Sundar Industrial Estate. Presently, both these industrial estates have reached their full capacity while the demand for industrial land is continuously increasing because of which the cost of industrial land has also increased multi-folds.
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