Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a meeting to review progress on Pakistan Islands and Ravi Urban Development projects today.

October 22, 2020

The meeting was attended by Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi, Governor Sindh Mr. Imran Ismail, Chairman Naya Pakistan Housing & Development Authority Lt. Gen. (R) Anwar Ali Haider, Chairman Pakistan Islands Development Authority Mr. Imran Amin and senior Officers. Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab Dr. Salman Shah, Chief Secretary Punjab, Senior Member Board of Revenue Punjab, Chairman Ravi Urban Development Authority (RUDA) and President Bank of Punjab participated via video link from Lahore.


While briefing about the Pakistan Islands, Chairman Pakistan Islands Development Authority stated that due attention will be paid to environmental conservation and corporate social responsibility (CSR). In this regard the project authority is working with international environmental organizations including International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and has also obtained "Silver Rating" of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design by US Green Building Council. In CSR initiatives, he informed that Fishermen Welfare Fund would be established for welfare schemes of local fishermen. He emphasized that the development of Pakistan Islands would be environment friendly. He also briefed in detail about sustainability, water conservation and financial advisory & investment functions of the authority.


Chairman RUDA briefed the meeting about progress on legal requirements regarding land acquisition, investments and construction. 


Prime Minister Imran Khan stated that special attention be given to conservation of natural resources at project sites and environmental studies must be conducted before start of development work. Prime Minister emphasized that development activity in these projects would bring in huge investments for Pakistan and create significant employment opportunities for local people. He stated that revenues earned by these projects would be spent on other welfare projects in the respective provinces.