PESHAWAR   -   KP Minister for Local Government Faisal Amin Khan on Sunday said that Land Use Plan by the KP govern­ment to control unplanned expansion of cities was a major step towards protection of environment and agriculture lands.

Talking to APP, he said that the plan would be help­ful in creating model villages with better services to reduce population influx in cities and improve pub­lic services. He said that preparation of District Land Use Plans for five districts of Peshawar and Mardan divisions had been completed.

The minister said that the Land Use Plan was aimed to conserve the prime agriculture land of the prov­ince from non-agriculture uses, encroachments to ensure local food security and sustainable develop­ment. The provincial Land Use Plan is envisaged as a policy document for an integrated, coordinated and systematic planning and even spread of development activities, employments to the rural and sub-urban population close to home and reduce pressure on mega cities, he added.

The minister said that the purpose of the project was to prepare the district Land Use Plan for every district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Talking about the objectives of the Plan, he said that it would provide broad guidelines to the na­tion building departments, agencies for undertak­ing multi-sector, multi-year integrated and coher­ent development programme for each district of the province, besides initiating a process for evidence based land use planning in the province. 

The plan will establish a control mechanism for land use development and change at district level, he expressed.