The Pakistan government, which is facing economic crisis, is not deterring from extravagance. Now the government of the neighboring country has come up with a plan to build a mega city on the banks of the Ravi river, just 28 km from the Attari-Wagah border connecting India and Pakistan. It is being told as the dream project of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. It is being said that this will be a green city, which will also work to save the polluted Ravi river.
However, now this project seems to be in danger. Calling it a waste of money, Pakistani people have started opposing it. The Lahore High Court has ordered a stay on it only last year.
The Ravi River is currently considered one of the most polluted rivers of Pakistan. The drains of the entire Lahore city fall in it.
Ravi Mega City will be of 46 sq km area.
According to a Bloomberg report, a target of 15 years has been set to complete this Ravi Mega City project to be built in an area of about 46 square kilometers. For this, Ravi Urban Development Authority (RUDA) has also been formed. According to RUDA CEO Imran Aminak, canals will be drawn from the Ravi river for the mega city. In fact, the sewerage of Lahore city also falls in the Ravi river itself. Due to this the level of pollution in Ravi has increased significantly. In such a situation, the level of pollution will have to be reduced for Ravi Green City, which is not visible yet.
Farmer said – government’s conspiracy to grab fertile land
Pakistan’s ambitious Ravi mega-city project, just 28 km from the Wagah border, is likely to stall due to protests by farmers. Prime Minister Imran Khan is engaged in taking forward the Ravi City project of about 52 thousand crores, but this city is facing tremendous opposition. There is a plan to develop the Ravi city with a population of about one crore as the sister city of Lahore.
Farmers say that after getting a sudden notice, it came to know that our land has been acquired by the government.
Mohammad Sajjad, a farmer living on the banks of Ravi, says that one day suddenly he came to know that his land has been acquired by the government. He had a collective land of about 300 acres of his entire family. The government has also given them compensation, but they have not accepted the compensation. The same happened with many farmers of the area including Sajjad. All of them are against the mega city project because of losing their land.
Several farmers have also filed petitions in the Lahore High Court against the project. The Lahore High Court had last year ordered a stay on the Ravi Mega City project. Since then it is not working at present. The farmers say that if they do not get relief from the High Court, they will approach the Supreme Court. The clouds of crisis have started deepening over the Ravi Mega City project of the Government of Pakistan.
The fear of the land mafia is haunting the farmers.
In Lahore, local people have protested against Ravi City in the past.
This is our land, we will never sell it
Abdul, a farmer from Ravi says that now when I look at my agricultural land, I find that there are big machines installed. All the fields have been destroyed. The government is giving compensation in the name, but we will not take it. This is our land for many years, we will not sell it.
Lahore was not handled, Ravi city’s plan was also wrong
Urban town planner Fauzia Qureshi says that the government could not mobilize facilities in Lahore, now it is increasing the plan of Ravi City. Due to its proximity, the random settlement of Lahore would spread to the city of Ravi in times to come. This plan is wrong.
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