Speakers at an event to mark the World Town Planning Day stressed upon the need for protecting the environment through better town and urban planning.
The event was held at Iqra Auditorium Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) to mark the ‘World Town Planning Day’ and jointly organized by City & Regional Planning Departments (CRP) of LCWU and University of Engineering and Technology Lahore (UET).
The objective of the day was to seek the attention of policy makers for urban and regional planning in Pakistan.
Speaking on the occasion, chief guest Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Housing & Works Tashfeen Safdar Shahid said that our priority was to protect the environment, improve public health and safety, and increase the wealth of choices available to each and every citizen.
“Goals have been set up to improve the community as a whole with consideration to things such as the environmental impact, economic development and social issues, I am happy that we are working to make many model cities”, she said.
While addressing the students Tashfeen said, ”Jobs are being created for you in the coming days and the government is going in the right direction at the moment. Hopefully the future is bright.” The secretary added that the City & Regional Planning Department of Lahore College for Women University organized the event on important day and deserved an appreciation.
LCWU City & Regional Planning Department Professor Dr Attiquer Rehman said that this event would help to create awareness of town planning and engage students of this discipline, local citizens and officials in the value of planning to shape their communities.
Rehman highlighted the importance of town planning in contemporary world. LDA Vice Chairman Syed Muhammad Imran and Professor Dr Abdul Sattar Sikandar were also the guests of honor for the event where as Dr Bushra Khan presided the event. Addressing the function, LDA Vice Chairman Syed Muhammad Imran said that the most important task of LDA was regional town planning which had not been given due importance till now. The Prime Minister had been paying special attention to housing sector of Pakistan.
The students of CRP Department, LCWU engaged in many activities featuring the achievements, challenges and professional life of town planners in Pakistan.
The participants discussed their ongoing efforts to undertake inclusive efforts to engage diverse, socially vulnerable, and environmental justice communities in planning for climate adaptation and resilience. Panelists presented their own experiences and share common insights, lessons learned, challenges, and opportunities for the future.