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Published Date: Jan 20, 2014

SDPI Press Release (January 20, 2014)

Peri-urban
areas in developing countries at present are ‘institutional orphans’
said Anam Anwar Khan, Research Associate, SDPI in a seminar on
“Peri-Urbanization Trends in Lahore” organized by Sustainable
Development Policy Institute here on Monday.

SDPI team has worked to produce a status report on the peri-ubranization of Lahore district in
collaboration with South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water
Resources Studies (Hyderabad, India) and East-West Center (Honolulu,
Hawaii).
In this regard, the study has investigated environmental, health and governance issues of peri-urban areas of Lahore.

Further, Anam Khan highlighted the issue by saying that governance
of peri-urban areas, has no single public or private organization
providing leadership or guidance for this. Unfortunately, there are
limited municipal service providers with sectors such as transport,
water, energy, waste management and land use planning.

“The
basic reason of peri-urbanization is migration. It has prompted by the
lack of adequate educational, health facilities and employment
opportunities, however, accelerating the unsystematic and haphazard
growth of peri- urban areas and unregulated human settlements in cities
like Lahore” she added.

She
emphasized on a decentralized approach to basic service provision and a
need to encourage the involvement of all relevant entities like legal
specialists, urban planners, social scientists, financial analysts, and a
wide range of institutions, such as the water & power development
authority, the Ministry of Health, water & sanitation authority and
urban development authorities.

While
giving the second presentation, Safyan Kakakhel Research Assistant SDPI
presented his study by throwing light on health issues and waste
management. He shared that sanitation and health conditions have been
found to be extremely poor in most of the peri-urban areas of Pakistan.
There is no basic or formal waste collection system in the peri-urban
areas, though the peri-urban areas are mostly occupied by the industrial
waste. Moreover, the sheer lack of education in the areas was directly
linked to their poverty and extremely less awareness of proper
sanitation and hygiene practices at the household and community levels.
He recommended that concerned health departments and municipal
authorities of the government should need to take immediate steps and
adapt sound measures to evaluate the situation, and formulate means of
regularization & settlement.

“According
to World Health Organization (WHO), after devolution of health ministry
in 2011, provinces did not have the required infrastructure, necessary
resources or adequate medical staff. Thatswhy, in these circumstances
handing over the responsibility of health sector to provinces can wreak
havoc” he lamented.

In the concluding session, Qasim Shah, Associate
Fellow, SDPI recommended to ensure adequate land policies and official
control procedures in place to de-necessitate formal land or housing
tenure for access to basic services and infrastructure development.