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Punjab govt will be launching PSS Makhdoom Hashim Jwan Bakht

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LAHORE: Minister For Finance Punjab Makhdoom Hashim Jwan Bakht has
daid that Punjab Government will be launching its Punjab Spatial
Strategy (PSS) soon to facilitate integrated planning in the
development process by adding a spatial dimension to the process. The
primary aim of the spatial strategy is to equip Punjab with a
long-term spatial planning framework. It will ensure integrated
spatial planning and its compliance will structurally transform Punjab
into an economically developed and sustainable region. PSS will
vertically integrate planning at provincial, regional and local
levels, while coordinating them horizontally amongst various
departments. The ultimate aim of this endeavor is to enable the
province to move in a unified direction, building on comparative
advantages and enhancing competitiveness, while ensuring balanced and
organized development across Punjab.

He expressed these views while taking briefing at P&D board regarding
PSS.Minister said that PSS is expected to have a lasting spatial
impact on policymaking, planning and development interventions by both
the public and private sectors in Punjab. With spatially allocating
investments across Punjab, imbalanced growth would be minimized which
currently acts as a serious impediment towards Punjab’s perceived
future.The Planning & Development Board is the sponsoring agency for
this key intervention while Urban Unit will be the executing agency
for this project, he added.

According to Chairman P&D Habib ur Rehman Gillani, the Punjab Spatial
Strategy was developed through a rigorous process with the help of
many subject matter experts and a large team of consultants, planners
and GIS practitioners. The spatial strategy was developed with
thorough input from various stakeholders and consultative sessions
were held periodically; including five sessions with academia and
private businesses, more than seventeen sessions with various
government departments and numerous others were held for public
discourse and to have deliberations in the presence of international
experts.

The PSS will make the ADP formulation process of the province
spatially more informed; hence resources will be optimally used and
will lead to reducing intra- and inter-regional disparities and
ensuring access to economic opportunities.

For the implementation of an integrated spatial planning system, a
strong implementation, monitoring and evaluation framework is also
being planned along with assigned roles for all key public sector
stakeholders.

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