Urban Unit to focus on development of East to West corridor under Finance Minister’s guidance
The Provincial Minister for Finance and Planning & Development Punjab, Mr. Makhdoom Hashim Bakhtiar visited the Urban Unit to discuss probable development projects and explore interventional potentials in South Punjab as per instructions of the Chief Minister Punjab. The meeting agenda focused on devising new projects and maintaining the ongoing ones in South Punjab to further the development agenda of the government.
Mr. Salman Javed CEO (acting) the Urban Unit briefed the minister about strengths and expertise of the Unit. He gave an overview of the completed and ongoing development projects of the Unit across Pakistan. Mr. Abid Hussainy COO (acting) also gave briefing on the Water Sector and WASAs interventions along with institutional development projects completed for various clients/governments and stakeholders. The senior team was also present during the meeting, and gave presentations on Solid Waste Management, Water, Transport and Tourism, Master Planning of the Cities, Punjab Spatial Strategy, Information & Communication and GIS/MIS based interventions for South Punjab especially.
During a detailed meeting at the Unit office, options were reviewed to maximum utilize the capacities and homework of the Unit, in the best interest of the Planning & Development Department as well as the new government.
“The quality of work done till date, by the Urban Unit, is incomparable with any other organization in Pakistan. The viability of the Unit needs to be felt in true sense of the word, focusing east to west corridor now. Urban Unit needs to work with CPEC too. We want to see Unit making interventions for the people living below the poverty line in Pakistan. With the technical assistance of Urban Unit in urban land record mapping system, it will be ensured that the mortgage industry boosts and becomes a bankable sphere in Pakistan too like many other countries. Unit will present plans for field mapping of all small medium big industrial units for revenue enhancement and increasing tax net in the province; the Unit will also prepare concept notes for Punjab Revenue Authority, Urban Land Record and LRMIS with options to increase tax base in Punjab,” said the Minister while talking to media after the meeting.
The Minister directed the Unit to prepare for a survey and presentation for SME (Small Medium Enterprises), the said presentation will be discussed in presence of Chairman Punjab Revenue Authority and Finance Secretary next week. He further asked Unit to give a proposal/concept note for calculation of GDP at district level. The Minister also asked to prepare for a detailed briefing for the Federal Minister Planning Development and Reforms in coming week. The Unit will also present a proposal for linking Land Record Management Information System with real time and on ground beneficiaries. Urban Land Record System for state land will be presented as well. Urban Unit will share a model master plan for Rahim Yar Khan District with 5 year plan of inclusive growth. The Urban Unit will be a part of official meetings with assembly representatives and other district stakeholders along with the Finance Minister for better understanding the vision.
The Minister has directed the Unit to plan for field mapping of all small medium big industrial units for revenue enhancement and increasing tax net in the province; the Unit will also prepare concept notes for Punjab Revenue Authority, Urban Land Record and LRMIS with options to increase tax base in Punjab.