TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT REPORT & HOUSING BOOK
RASTA and PIDE launched two much-awaited reports on “Power, Profit & Plans: The Political Economy of Housing in Pakistan” and “Traffic Management & Congestion Mitigation: Parking Policy for ICT”. The publications are the final product of projects funded under the Demand-driven Stream of the RASTA.
Power, Profits & Plans: Political Economy of Housing in Pakistan is
a comprehensive book that navigates the historical, social, and economic foundations of the housing sector in Pakistan. It presents critical conversations, policy reforms, and transformative actions in the realm of housing in Pakistan. https://file.pide.org.pk/pdfpideresearch/book-power-profits-and-plans-the-political-economy-of-housing-in-pakistan.pdf
Traffic Management & Congestion Mitigation: Parking Policy for ICT is a survey-based report that presents issues of traffic, parking, and urbanisation in Islamabad. The report suggests actionable smart solutions for urban planners and city managers. https://file.pide.org.pk/pdfpideresearch/rr-traffic-management-and-congestion-mitigation-parking-policy-for-islamabad-capital-territory.pdf
The book and the report were launched at Wednesday 12th July 2023 at the P-Block Auditorium, M/o Planning Development & Special Initiatives, Islamabad. The highly anticipated gathering brought together esteemed experts, policymakers, and stakeholders to address the urgent challenges surrounding the housing sector in the country.
Dr. Nadeem Ul Haque, Chairman RASTA /Vice-Chancellor PIDE, addressed the audience and highlighted key challenges and opportunities. Dr Nasir Javed, former CEO Urban Unit Punjab and lead author of the book, presented key features of the Power, Profits & Plans: Political Economy of Housing in Pakistan book. While commenting on the Housing book, Mr. Pervaiz Latif Qureshi, Urban Development Expert, said that the Book offered a number of policy, institutional, financing, and taxation reforms that were likely to improve housing affordability, especially for the middle and lower classes. Dr Idrees Khawaja, Former Chief of Research and lead author of the report, presented the key findings of the Traffic Management & Congestion Mitigation: Parking Policy for ICT Report. Commenting on the Traffic Report, Mr Amir Ali, Secretary BISP & Ex-chairman CDA, that the study emphasizes curbing car use rather than raising revenue. Reduction in car use is possible only if alternate means of transport are available; therefore, adequate alternate mobility means are vital to achieving traffic mitigation through paid Parking.
Dr. Faheem Jehangir, Director RASTA, wrapped up the session by providing the audience with valuable updates on the continuous accomplishments of RASTA.