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At a meeting held on August 02, 2017 chaired by the Honorable Chief Minister of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Region, Mr Pervez Khattack, the Government of KP approved the $128 million investment plan proposed by CDIA. The program will improve the urban conditions in the cities of Peshawar, Mardan and Abbottabad.
For CDIA’s Senior Urban Environmental Engineer Neil Chadder, “the Provincial Government’s approval means that we now have an agreement to the proposed sub-projects at the community, city, district, and provincial levels. This is an excellent outcome from extensive consultations between the consulting team and all project stakeholders.”
Based on the request of KP’s Planning and Development Department, CDIA started supporting Peshawar, Mardan, and Abbottabad in January of this year to prepare infrastructure investment packages that would be fed into the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB’s) Inclusive Urban Growth Program.
Seven months later, CDIA has facilitated the completion 10- to 15-year investment plans, identified a broad range of investment requirements, carried out the pre-feasibility studies for prioritized urban infrastructure investments and enhanced the capacity of stakeholders to facilitate the sustainable development and management of prioritized urban infrastructure investments.
The identified sub-projects are expected to improve water supply, solid waste management, sewerage and transportation systems; and aim towards building livable cities. These projects have been drawn from the long list of investments that stakeholders recommended during the city visioning activities conducted with them.
Apart from infrastructure investments, CDIA likewise put forward the need to improve social services provision. A CDIA survey found that while generally, people are dissatisfied with the existing systems for drinking water, wastewater and solid waste; their willingness to pay for such services is high. This presents an opportunity for the city to improve their services and shift to a more ‘customer-focused’ service provision.
Other recommendations of CDIA include institutional strengthening, in order to, among others, pave the way for more strategic management and increase the capacities of personnel, which are crucial for driving reform processes in the three cities.
The conclusion of CDIA’s work now signals the start of discussions between the KP Government, the cities, and the finance agency i.e. ADB on how to take forward the CDIA-recommended sub-projects.