Climate Ministry asks young urban planners to share innovative plans with the govt. to build sustainable, modern cities

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  • Rapidly rising population and more trends of urbanization, if continues likewise in the future as well, maybe proved cumbersome for those governing the country.
  • Zartaj Gul Wazir said that the CPEC projects are being carefully examined to preserve the natural heritage that can possibly be affected by development projects.
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Urbanization, by and large, is becoming a matter of grave concern for the land of the pure as it poses a lot many serious challenges including poverty, problems with solid-waste management, overburdened housing in urban areas, informal settlements, etc.

Rapidly rising population and more trends of urbanization, if continues likewise in the future as well, maybe proved cumbersome for those governing the country. The state minister for climate change has highlighted similar challenges at COMSATS and said, reported by The News International, that the problems of urbanization are increasing by encroachments and by violating the city’s master-plan.

“Most of the massive problems of waste management arose due to the irresponsibility of the successive local governments. They have become an unmanageable menace that can only be resolved by better governance and planning of new cities,” she said.

The minister for climate change also asked young urban planners to share their innovative solution-oriented plans with the government adding that these plans would be given due consideration in the revision of the city’s master plan.

Zartaj Gul Wazir further uttered that the CPEC projects are being carefully examined to preserve the natural heritage that can possibly be affected by development projects, adding that the grand architecture and open spaces need to be made a hallmark of educational institutions to inspire creative thinking and to create a healthy atmosphere for young minds. She gave these remarks at the inauguration of the Urban Designs Thinkers Conference at COMSATS University this Wednesday.

The country needed to look into means of solving the housing crisis in accordance with the vision of premier Imran Khan in order to provide sufficient housing for all the citizens, Rector of COMSATS University Prof. Dr. Raheel Qamar said. He further called for adopting sustainable life practices including limiting the use of plastics and planting more trees to lessen the environmental stress as well as to assure food security.

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To resolve the issues of urbanization and troublesome settlements within over-crowded urban areas the government needs a pragmatic approach of devising coherent policies to make towns and cities environment-friendly. Public opinion forums apart from involvements of various stakeholders can help mitigate the issue if not completely but to a reasonable extent.

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