Provinces Asked to Impose ban Housing Societies on Agricultural Land


The climate change ministry has encouraged provincial governments to prohibit housing societies on agricultural areas until master plans for urban cities are completed by the end of the year. The provincial governments have committed to establish master plans for 80 cities in order to improve air quality and the natural environment, according to the details.
The ministry is also imploring provincial governments to pass legislation requiring conversion of green land to brown land for residential purposes to be approved by provincial cabinets.
The master plans, according to an official, would assist communities stay inside their boundaries and there will be no development beyond it. According to research by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Pakistan has the greatest pace of development in South Asia. With a five percent population growth rate in the country, it also revealed an increasing strain on existing housing infrastructure.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has instructed that master plans for eighty major cities be completed by the end of this year, according to Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam.
He added, “Housing societies are depleting agricultural land, and we must halt this tendency to preserve the natural environment.” We believe that once master plans are completed, communities will flourish in a healthy direction.”

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