FAISALABAD-A meeting of the District Design and Planning Committee has approved the Faisalabad Peri-Urban Structure Plan 2035 that was devised by the Urban Unit of Punjab government.

The committee approved the plan during the meeting held under the chairmanship of Divisional Commissioner Capt (R) Nasim Nawaz. The commissioner said that after completion, it would help open new avenues of development at Faisalabad. He asked the departments to review components of the plan again in the implementation process. He said that the authorities be kept on board for the success of the plan.

During the meeting, plan consultant Nadim Khurshid gave briefing about its components. He said that the plan envisions sustainable development in Peri-Urban area of Faisalabad city for 20 years. The plan also strives to balance the housing, social and business needs of residents while addressing affordability, accessibility and livability in a sustainable manner, he maintained.

Giving the objectives of the plan, he said that the appropriate future development in the area keeping in view the existing and future development trends would be suggested. He said that it would identify in compatible land uses such as industries and suggest measures to mitigate the impact of urban development under the plan. It will recommend an efficient circulation network in the urban and help re-delineate city boundary to facilitate service delivery by the administration.

Meanwhile, DCO Noorul Amin Mengal revealed different aspects of Peri-Urban Structure Plan and future urban potential in Faisalabad in his briefing and said that M3 Industrial Estate and Value Addition City is great potential for future industrial growth and employment opportunities.

Ample agricultural land is available for main crops such as Sugarcane, wheat, cotton, maize and rice, he added. The DCO said that the M3 and M4 were providing a route for trading and intercity communication, moreover, Faisalabad is likely to act as a regional trade and transit hub linking Gwader to the North. Considering availability of skilled labour, there are 16 technical/commercial/vocational institute imparting training in various trades mechanical, electrical, auto-engineering, welding, wood-working and commerce. However, textile-based industrial economy is providing various kinds of job opportunities, he said.