PESHAWAR: In a remarkable stride toward responsible land management and sustainable development, the Provincial Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has achieved a significant milestone by unveiling the first-ever Land Use Plans for 6 key districts.
The districts covered by these innovative plans are Peshawar, Charsadda, Mardan, Nowshera, Abbottabad, and Swabi, all of which have been grappling with the challenges posed by rapid urbanization and development.
According to sources, this groundbreaking initiative is by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Land Use and Building Control Act 2021 and is designed to ensure the prudent utilization of land and its invaluable resources.
The primary objective of these Land Use Plans is to prioritize the responsible use of land resources. By doing so, the government aims to foster sustainable growth and development within the region.
These plans have undergone rigorous evaluations and have received approval from the Land Use and Building Control Council, underscoring their significance and compliance with regulatory standards.
To ensure the effective implementation of these plans, the Provincial Land Use Plan Project (PLUP), in collaboration with the Urban Policy & Planning Unit, Planning & Development Department, and the World Bank-sponsored Khyber Pass Economic Corridor Project (KPEC) of the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, organized a comprehensive two-day event.
This event served as a platform to bring together all key stakeholders who will play pivotal roles in the successful execution of the Land Use Plans and the Land Use and Building Control Act 2021.
These stakeholders include members of the Provincial Land Use and Building Control Council, the Planning and Development Department, various relevant line departments, the District Administration, and representatives from the Local Government.
The two-day event played a crucial role in enhancing the expertise of participants, equipping them with an in-depth understanding of the Land Use Plans and the intricate provisions of the Provincial Land Use and Building Control Act 2021.
Besides, this comprehensive training ensures that all stakeholders are well-prepared to facilitate responsible land management and sustainable development in their respective districts.
According to experts, this achievement reflects the government’s forward-thinking approach to addressing the challenges posed by urbanization and development while safeguarding its invaluable land resources.
Source: Business Recorder