PM Khan wants environmentally safe islands’ development

By Staff Reporter
Friday – October 23, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The prime minister (PM) Imran Khan chaired a meeting, Thursday, to review progress on the newly formulated Pakistan Islands Development Authority (PIDA) and the Ravi Urban Development Authority (RUDA) projects.

According to a press release, while briefing about the islands, PIDA chairman Imran Amin stated that due attention will be paid to the environmental conservation and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

In this regard the project authority is working with international environmental organisations including the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and has also obtained “silver rating” of leadership in energy and environmental design by United States (US) green building council.

In CSR initiatives, PIDA chairman Amin informed that fishermen welfare fund will be established for the welfare schemes of local fishermen.

He emphasised that the development of islands will be environment friendly.

PIDA chairman Amin detailed about sustainability, water conservation and financial advisory and investment functions of PIDA.

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

PM Khan stated that special attention be given to conservation of natural resources at project sites and that environmental studies must be conducted prior to beginning the development works.

He hoped that development activity in the projects will bring in huge investments and create significant employment opportunities for local people.

PM Khan stated that revenues earned by these projects will be spent on other welfare projects in the respective provinces.

The meeting was attended by maritime affairs (MA) minister Syed Ali Haider Zaidi, Sindh governor Imran Ismail, Naya Pakistan Housing and Development Authority (NPHDA) chairman lieutenant general (R) Anwar Ali Haider, PIDA chairman Amin and senior officers, advisor to Punjab chief minister Salman Shah, Punjab chief secretary, senior member of Punjab board of revenue, RUDA chairman and Bank of Punjab president participated via video link from Lahore.