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Secretary Planning and Development Mr. Iftikhar Ali Sahoo chaired review meeting to monitor progress on Prime Minister's Sustainable Development Goals Programme and Chief Minister’s Special Development Programme. All Deputy Directors presented the progress of their relevant Districts. Mr. Abdul Razzaq, Sr. Specialist Public Sector Management explained the progress of the both projects’ monitoring dashboards.
Ms. Auli Keinanen from Nepal and Mr. Tapio Reinikeinen from Finland shared their international restructuring experience and also initial impressions about the existing gaps of Environmental Protection Department Punjab. They briefed on various streams of EPA Punjab. Urban Unit Environment team led by Mr. Abid Hussainy attended this meeting and shared information on the Urban Unit's relevant initiatives with the foreign experts.
The CEO Urban Unit Dr. Nasir Javed along with team of seniors specialists called on Vice Chancellor LUMS Dr. Syed Sohail Hussain Naqvi today. The senior faculty members of Suleman Dawood School of Business Dr. Abid Aman Burki Professor Department of Economics, Dr. Mushtaq A. Khan Associate Professor Department of Economics, Dr. Syed M. Hasan Assistant Professor Department of Economics and Saad Suhail, Grants Management Specialist Office of Sponsored Programs & Research were also present in the meeting. The Urban Unit and LUMS have signed MoU for collaboration in Spatial Economic Planning, urban sector policy and institutional landscape including evidence based planning and policy making.
A Consultative Workshop was organized to discuss amendments in Punjab Land-use Rules 2009 and Punjab Private Housing Scheme Rules 2010. The objective was to explain and discuss the significance of these amendments in understanding and streamlining the expansion of urban extent and improve the connectivity with the industrial nodes and address prospectively the future land use challenges.
Mr. Shahid Zaman Lak Additional Secretary Local Government, Prof. Dr. M. Atiq Ur Rehman Head of the Department City and Regional Planning Department Lahore College for Women University Lahore, Mohammad Shafiq Ahmad Municipal Officer Municipal Corporation Dera Ghazi Khan, Mukhtar Hussain Municipal Officer (Planning) Municipal Committees Mianwali, Col. Aamir Director Planning Defence Housing Authority Lahore, Shujauddin Manager Planning PIEDMC and District Officers and stakeholders attended the workshop.
The Environment Team of the Unit attended a three day training on Environmental Impact Assessment for Rural Development Project organized by Ahktar Hameed Khan National Center for Rural Development and Municipal Administration (AHKNCRD&MA) Islamabad. The training featured lectures on environment theme as in Historical Background of Environment & EIA, EIA Baseline Data Collection, Environmental Management & Monitoring Plans (EMMP) and Legal Framework.
The training was attended by government officers, consultants, private organization members, Urban Unit environment team including Tehmina Kiran, Saba Sarfaraz, Ammara Shahid, Amber Aleem and Anza Javaid.
The workshop on “Importance of Connectivity in Punjab Spatial Strategy - The Missing Links” stressed on the need to highlight the importance of inter-regional connectivity, necessary for transformation of cities into engine of economic growth. The workshop was organized by the Urban Unit, Planning & Development Department Punjab in consultation with the Transport Planning Unit. The participants sought to identify the potential constraints/limitations as well as the probable solutions faced in the way of provision of better connectivity, accessibility and mobility for settlements and industries through policy dialogue with academia, public and private sector and Industry under Punjab Spatial Strategy Project.
“The higher the levels of regional connectivity–accessibility, the better regional competitiveness can be observed. We expect to achieve the connectivity goals through Punjab Spatial Strategy project,” said Mr. Masood Anwar, Additional Secretary Transport Government of Punjab.
“The long-term dream of development of transport and communication infrastructure for better economic development in Punjab still remains unmet. Enhancing regional connectivity is the missing link needed to ensure economic integration. We, as government departments and private stakeholders both, must do our part in developing integrated links, seamless connectivity, enhancing sustained transport solutions for all and sundry in the province while also addressing the shared vulnerabilities,” Mr. Rafay Alam, Lawyer and Activist, asserted.
The well attended workshop ended with a lively question-answer session. The participants came together from Housing Department, Chief Executive Officer of Lahore Transport Company, Lahore Parking Company and senior managers of various government offices, private sector and faculty and students from UET Lahore, LCWU, NUST, FAST, LUMS and LSE. Dr. Syed Murtaza Asghar Bukhari, Senior Specialist Connectivity presented on behalf of the Urban Unit.
The Urban Unit and Research & Development Unit, Department of Transport Engineering and Management organized a one day training workshop "GIS - Transport Planning & Traffic Engineering; Applications & Possibilities" in University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore. The objective was to enhance the knowledge of participants and the students regarding applications of GIS in transportation planning and traffic engineering fields.
"CPEC is very important in terms of credibility. In western parts of the country, there is no development as we don't have access to those areas. CPEC is here to cover these gaps," said Dr. Murtaza Bokhari, Chairman Department of Transportation Engineering & Management.
“Geographical Information system (GIS) has emerged as the most prominent tool over the years in the field of integrated planning and development. It is also helpful in transport planning especially in public transport planning,” said Azhar Ali Taj, GIS Expert from Transport Planning Unit (TPU).
Asif Javed, Senior lecturer from Punjab University also gave presentation and showed research work to the students, conducted in transport planning through GIS. GIS was explained thoroughly while other themes discussed were Public Transport Accessibility Level (PTALs), database development & analysis and dataset.
The Urban Unit in partnership with Lead, CDKN and ESSA Technologies has prepared the Karachi Heatwave Management Plan - A guide to Planning & Response. In this regard, a two day outreach workshop was held to inform, explain and elaborate the working of this plan to the stakeholders.
Dr. Nasir Javed shared the criteria for declaring heatwave. He also mentioned that Pakistan Met Department will issue Yellow, Orange and Red Alerts according to set criteria at least one week before heatwave onset, which will be helpful to local public as well as government to take necessary measures to escape from the harmful effects of heatwave.
Dr. Taufiq DG Health Services Sindh, Abdul Rashid Chief Pakistan Meteorological Department and Abdul Hamid Bhatti Deputy Director K-Electric also joined the workshop and appreciated the Project Team for devising the three tier weather forecast system.
The participants from Commissioner Office Karachi, Health Services, Pakistan Met Department, k-Electric, Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre and EDHI attended the workshop. The representatives Hospitals, Medical Universities, Sindh Boy Scouts Association, Rescue 1299, Environment Protection Agency Sindh, SUPARCO and Sustainable Environment Development Foundation were present at the workshop.
Dr. Kiran Farhan from Urban Unit presented the Karachi Heatwave Management Plan while Nasira Ahsan discussed the actions to be taken by each department during heatwave.
Punjab Energy Efficiency & Conservation Agency and Energy Department, Government of the Punjab arranged a workshop ''Building the Future Together''. Dr. Nasir Javed presented on Energy Efficiency potential in WASAs of 5 large cities (Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Rawalpindi and Gujranwala) of Punjab. He added that WASAs has connected load of 20MW; they provide water and sanitation services to public through 1436 tube wells and disposal stations.
He proposed a potential of saving Rs. 892 Million per annum by improving the efficiency of the pumps and motors as per the results of detailed energy audit at each tube well and disposal pump installed in WASAs.
The workshop was attended by the members of National Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (NEECA), Ministry of Water & Power, Punjab Energy Efficiency & Conservation Agency (PEECA) and the Urban Unit team including Abid Hussainy, Ali Raza Rao and Ali Qumain.
The Urban Unit has developed an Online Monitoring System of tube wells and disposal stations for WASAs under the project PCGIP. This system will help all WASAs to respond quickly if any tube well or disposal gets failed. Asset Monitoring Application updates the asset condition of tube wells automatically and simultaneously. This Online Monitoring System will improve the efficiency of the service delivery as the Asset Managers will be able to view the condition timely.