The Ravi City project is “essential” for the survival of Lahore, Prime Minister Imran Khan claimed as he laid the foundation stone of the Rs. 5 trillion scheme, Dharti News reported.
“Today I felt great excitement in doing stone laying of Ravi City, one of the biggest mega projects we have launched in our history,” he posted on Twitter. “This will save Lahore by stopping spread of unplanned urban sprawl, raise water table and revive river Ravi, preventing it from becoming a sewerage nala,” he added.
Ravi City Project
Earlier, while addressing the ceremony, Khan said failure of the Ravi City project was “not an option,” adding that the team tasked with completing the project should ignore roadblocks and focus on timelines to execute it. He said the wealth generated from such development projects would be spent on education and health of people, in line with the objectives of the incumbent Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government.
The premier said the project would be the second largest planned city in Pakistan after Islamabad. Imran Khan regretted that the River Ravi that once traversed through the city, eventually shrunk into a sewerage nullah over the years.
On the announcement of Ravi City, he lamented that Lahore witnessed deterioration in all civic services due to irregular expansion of the city over the past few decades. He said the city was lagging behind modern cities in terms of civic services including waste disposal, clean drinking water, electricity and gas and communication. He pointed out that people were suffering from serious breathing problems as the pollution in Lahore had risen to an alarming level, also obstructing sunlight in winters. He hoped the new project would restore the water table of Lahore that had dropped by 800 feet in the last 15 years. He said clean water would be provided in the Ravi River through construction of barrages and sewerage treatment plants along the river.