Housing problems of poor being addressed: Mayor Javed

Lahore’s city government, in collaboration with private partners, is devising ways to address housing problems of the economically challenged residents of Lahore, a gathering of mayors from around the world was told in Chicago on Thursday.
Speaking at the Chicago Forum on Global Cities, Col. (Retd) Mubashir Javed, Mayor of Lahore, said that private sector was being encouraged to donate land for building cheap housing for the poor. The donors are given 25% of the houses built by the city government of Lahore on the land while the remaining is being used for providing cheap housing for the growing population of the country’s second metropolitan city.
Mayor Javed was among 17 mayors invited by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Council on Global Affairs to share views on multifarious challenges being faced by other big cities.
This was Mayor Javed’s second visit to the third largest city of United States in three months which is reflective of special ties between Lahore and Chicago.
In his keynote address on “Keeping Global Cities Safe and Sound Workshop”, Mayor Javed highlighted the steps taken by the Government of Punjab and City Government of Lahore in enhancing security in the city by installing eight thousand CCTV cameras and raising special Dolphin Force in collaboration with the City Government of Istanbul.
These measures and the rapid response to any criminal activity, he said, had helped bring down the city’s crime rate. The response time of the Dolphin Force was 9-11 minutes, he claimed. Another task of the Government was to provide social and economic security to the youth by imparting them state-of-the-art education, training and employment. Gainfully employed youth with bright future was a significant factor in shaping the safety and security environment in any society.—APP

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