The Asian Development Bank (AfDB) will help the government of Punjab to design comprehensive investment and public service delivery plans for upcoming urban development projects in seven districts of the province.
The $ 15 million loan for “Punjab urban development projects” announced Thursday by the AfDB will finance the preparation of comprehensive master plans for upstream project pipeline development, detailed technical designs, operational business plans for priority investments and support procurement readiness for subsequent projects. .
The project readiness finance loan will finance the preparation of spatial master plans for the proposed projects in the cities of Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Rahim Yar Khan, Rawalpindi and Sargodha, according to a press release issued by the Bank.
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âThe government of Punjab has played a proactive role in addressing the challenges of urban development in the province,â said Jude Kohlhase, AfDB Senior Urban Development Specialist for Central and West Asia.
“This loan will help local governments improve spatial and urban planning, prepare environmental assessments, put in place action plans for gender equality with particular emphasis on gender equality and integrate climate resilient designs for priority investments, âthe AfDB official said.
AfDB assistance will help establish district meters, demand management zones and pressure management systems; reducing the supply of unbilled water due to technical losses; set tariffs for utilities and improve cost recovery; support urban water supply, sanitation, solid waste management, transport sector planning and monitoring, and coordination of metropolitan municipal corporations; and improve urban governance policy and statutory frameworks as well as the institutional capacity of municipal corporations.
The bank noted that Pakistan has experienced rapid urbanization as rural populations have migrated within the country to find jobs. Urban development problems are most pronounced in the towns of Punjab, which account for 53% of Pakistan’s urban population and experience intermittent access to poor quality water, inefficient management of sewage and solid and severe waste. traffic problems due to lack of public transport and poor traffic. management.
The AfDB will help identify integrated smart solutions to strengthen the urban and spatial planning systems of institutions. It will also support the preparation of land acquisition and resettlement plans, feasibility studies and procurement documents. Future projects are in line with the government’s development priorities, which focus on access to drinking water, sanitation, urban transport and a healthy living environment.