Master plan of Capital should be revisited: PM

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Staff Reporter
Prime Minister Imran Khan keeping in view the ground realities and increase in population of the federal capital has stressed for revisiting the master plan of Islamabad. The Prime Minister was chairing a meeting regarding the master plan of the federal capital in Islamabad on Friday.
He said that in the interim period, sub rules should immediately be framed for the protection of the capital’s green areas and to regularize the construction activities. Premier Imran Khan noted that work was in progress to provide better residential facilities to the dwellers of slums in Islamabad under Naya Pakistan Housing Project.
He said, the aim is to provide them better civic facilities and improve their standards of living. Imran Khan regretted that problems relating to increase in population, expansion of the city and its better management were totally ignored in the past. The Premier said this resulted in extinction of green areas and irregular construction. Chairman CDA Amer Ali Ahmad briefed the Prime Minister about the plantation campaign started in the capital.
Meanwhile Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday emphasized the need to highlight the tourist places of Pakistan at international level while focusing on the provision of world-class facilities to the tourists. He directed the orders while chairing a meeting of the Task Force on Tourism in Islamabad.
“During the establishment of tourist zones and their development, special care should be taken not to disturb the natural beauty and environment of the area,” said PM Khan. The Prime Minister said, there are numerous opportunities for promoting tourism in the country. He directed to compile the relevant laws as soon as possible.
Earlier, the Prime Minister was given a detailed briefing on efforts to highlight the tourism potential of the country at the international level and the progress being made in the provision of facilities to tourists. The Prime Minister was also apprised of the performance of National Tourism Coordination Board and its various working groups.
The meeting was also informed about the promotion of religious tourism, particularly the arrival of members of Sikh community on 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev and arrangements in this regard.

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