The Ravi River Front Urban Development (RRFUD) Project launched to transform Lahore under Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision of Naya Pakistan, is set to include state-of-the-art facilities to compete with modern cities around the world.
The urban development project, aimed at improving the living condition and boosting the economy will be divided into three phases, under which a lake, 12 specialised cities, barrages and other amenities shall be developed.
- 46 KM lake
- Three barrages
- 6 water treatment plants
- 3 rich forests
- 6 Housing Societies
A land area of 103,271 acres will be acquired to carry out the project.
In the first phase, a 46-kilometre lake, starting from Ravi Siphon to Hudiara will be developed, providing 271 billion litres of water.
Moreover, six wastewater treatment plants, three barrages, and urban forest will also be established during the first three years.
The wastewater treatment plants would help treat 2.4 billion litre water that will be utilised to irrigate 75,000 acres of land.
- Knowledge City
- Health City
- Commercial City
- Innovation City
- Sports City
- Commercial City
Furthermore, it will also decrease the dependency of Lahorites on the groundwater by 50 per cent, providing 2.4 billion litres of safe drinking water produced from the canal water after treatment for the residents.
The wastewater treatment plant project worth Rs2 trillion will be established under Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), and through financed Joint ventures (JVs), Private Finance Initiative (PFI), multilateral loan grants and budgetary grants and developer financing.
The 12 cities to be developed include Medical City, Residential City, Downtown, Commercial Hub, Urban Farms and Miscellaneous Use City would be built.
Under the second phase, the Innovation City will be developed, spreading over an area of 1,370 acres.
In the third phase of the project, the Knowledge City, Sports City and Eco-City will be completed, spanning on a land area of 14000 acres.
To curb the environmental pollution in the city, the government has planned to plant six million seedlings under this project to make the area clean and green.
The RRFUD is set to generate enormous financial activity, create employment, improve housing facilities and living conditions through a clean environment and futuristic facilities.
The details of the project were revealed by the Provincial Minister for Housing, Urban Development and Public Health Engineering (HUD & PHE) Mian Mehmood ur Rasheed in a press conference held.
Ravi Riverfront History
Ravi Riverfront City was proposed by DC Lahore in 1947. The proposed RRUDP will extend over an area of about 414 km2 and will be implemented over 30 years period in three phases. The above analysis supported the feasibility of having twelve sectors in RRUDP, namely: Medical City, Residential, Mix-use, Urban Farms, Downtown, Commercial City, Innovation City, Government / Financial City, Tourism, Central City, Knowledge City, Echo-City and Sports City.
Starting 5 Km downstream from Syphon to Pakhiyala Villege towards Kala Shah Kaku Interchange and further towards M-2 Interchange
M-2 Interchange towards Lahore Sheikhupura Faisalabad Road (Near Javaid Nagar) which further extends towards Jaranwala Road (Near Langiyan da Thattha), then after, it travels along Jaranwala Road till Sharqpur City where Upper Chennab Canal
falls in Ravi River.
Upper Chennab Canal falls in Ravi River and connecting with Hudiara Drain at Sukh Chayn Garden Housing Scheme at Multan Road.
Area running along left side of Multan Road from Sukh Chayn Garden Housing Scheme to Thokar Niaz Baig M-2 Motorway Interchange which runs along till Babu
Sabu Toll Plaza.
From babu Sabu Toll Plaza Run area runs along left side of Bund Road till Saggia wala bridge at Lahore Ring Road (LRR-20) which further travels along it towards
Quaid-e-Azam Interchange LRR and upto BRB.
- It will start from Ravi Saifan and finished at Baloki.
- Purpose Built Cities desidned on the eco friendly guidelines
- Promotion of Education, Cultural, Technology, Sports & Economic activities generating employement oppertunities
- Construction of 3 barrages enabling 46 KM long lake to store 271 billion litters of water
- Flood Management & Stabilization of subsurface water level
- River water purification for potable purposes
- Sewage water treatment plan
- Plantation of 6 Million Trees maintaining ecological footprint
The two major challenges faced in the proposed RRUDP are:
(a) The dying Ravi River to be developed as Perennial freshwater body;
(b) Attracting Investors for High-Quality Riverfront Urban Development.
Therefore the Project involves six major work scopes, which are discussed in the following sections, to overcome the challenges and to successfully design and implement the RRUDP.
- River Training and Channelization
- Wastewater Treatment and Other Public Infrastructure
- Legal and Constitutional Framework
- Urban Economics
- Financial Analysis
- Urban Planning and Urban Design