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To ensure excellence in policy formulation and creative cities for future, Urban Planning and Policy Centre being established: minister

Islamabad, April 02, 2014 (PPI-OT): Federal Minister for Planning Development and Reform, Prof, Ahsan Iqbal, while addressing the award distribution and closing ceremony organized by Institute of Architects Pakistan (IAP) said that ours is an era of cities. Pakistan is the fastest urbanizing country in South Asia.

Considering the rapidly growing population of Pakistan and corresponding challenges of urbanization, ‘The Urban Planning and Policy Centre’ is being established at the Planning Commission of Pakistan with the mission to ensure excellence in urban policy formulation and to create cities for future aimed at promoting sustainable Urban development in Pakistan in partnership with the provinces, the Minister informed.

The Minister further said that the key to a better future clearly lies in educating stakeholders and investing in future generations. The government understands that architecture is an inclusive process for successful development of our contemporary cities we need to establish synergies between a diverse range of professionals and policy makers.

The greener, faster and smarter approach is the need of this time for construction to be realized and given priority. The traditional approach of construction, the way in which Pakistan builds has to be changed and new technology and innovations in the construction industry has to be adopted. The Federal Minister said that the government is actively pursuing Karachi Circular Railway project which is expected to see a breakthrough very soon.

The Bus Rapid Transit system of Lahore is a successful project which gives the citizens of Lahore less travel time and increase in good public transport system which adds to the infrastructure of the city. The BRT system for Islamabad/Rawalpindi will start by this year which is another big prospective project that will add to the infrastructure of the twin cities. The BRT Project is being started in Karachi too.

Youth is Pakistan’s future and comprises of 63% of our population and there is a need of keen participation from architects of the future generations and students indicating a need to develop think tanks and involve young participation in both design and planning process, the Minister said.

Prof. Ahsan Iqbal said that he directed the Minister Office to launch a “National Architecture Design Competition”, to provide the students of Architecture and Design a platform where they can deliver their creativity and innovations on a live project.

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