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APP38-07 LAHORE: August 07 – Prime Minister Imran Khan addressing the Launching Ceremony of Ravi Riverfront Urban Development Project (RRUDP). Photo by Mustafa Lashari.

(Star Blog) – Prime Minister Imran Khan throughout his governance has made promises of introducing more job opportunities within the country to fight off unemployment, along with other economically and sociologically friendly projects.

On Friday 7th August 2020, he set the foundation for the Ravi City Project, which he deemed important for the survival of Lahore. Ravi would be covering the area of about 100,000 acres, and the project would be implemented over the period of 30 years. It will be connected to almost 40 different industries, therefore triggering more economic growth in the country and the revenue generated from this project would be used towards educational and health development.

Over the past few years we have seen the down all of the Ravi River. Due to feuds with India over the last few decades, Ravi has faced an intense water crisis. The area around the river bank is in ruins, that too with unsanitary living conditions. The fertile land has been left to decay, and this project would once again bring back the glory of Ravi.

According to the PM, he highlighted that the waste water would be treated and released to the river, therefore the resources wouldn’t go in vain they would be reused, and the forest area would be dedicated to planting 6 million trees, due to the climate change situation throughout the globe.

The population of Lahore is sky rocketing. People from small towns and villages come to Lahore in search of work and making achieving new live styles, but this is slowly killing the city all together. Lahore in fact does have a problem of overpopulation which is why schemes as such would be deemed beneficial for the survival of Lahore. But with every scheme as such there are consequences, therefore its negative impacts, and in this case the impact includes the loss of agricultural lands of about 76,684 acres and about 20,723 settlements, meaning a large population from that area would have to be relocated, but in accordance with the EIA and SIA reports, these changes are expected to be temporary and can be mitigated.

Published in Star Blogs, August 9th 2020