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ADB approves $15mn loan for Punjab's urban development

Latest loan will help seven cities in Punjab to design comprehensive investment and public service delivery plans i
30 Jan 2020
  • Latest loan will help seven cities in Punjab to design comprehensive investment and public service delivery plans in preparation for upcoming urban development projects.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved on Thursday a $15 million loan for urban development projects in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

The latest loan will help seven cities in Punjab province to design comprehensive investment and public service delivery plans in preparation for upcoming urban development projects.

As per ADB, the loan will fund the preparation of spatial master plans, detailed engineering designs, and operational business plans for proposed projects in the cities of Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Rahim Yar Khan, Rawalpindi, and Sargodha.

“The Government of Punjab has taken a proactive role in tackling urban development challenges in the province,” said ADB Senior Urban Development Specialist for Central and West Asia Mr. Jude Kohlhase.

“This loan will help the local governments improve spatial and urban planning, prepare environmental assessments, put in place gender action plans with a special focus on gender equality, and incorporate climate resilient designs for priority investments,” he added.

The bank said that urban development challenges are most pronounced in cities in Punjab province, which account for 53pc of Pakistan’s urban population and experience intermittent access to poor quality water, ineffective wastewater and solid waste management, and severe traffic issues because of lack of public transport and poor traffic management.

ADB will help identify integrated smart solutions to strengthen institutions’ urban and spatial planning systems. It will also support the preparation of land acquisition and resettlement plans, feasibility studies, and procurement documents.