Alarming Urbanization Rate

Report by Engineering Post

Pakistan has the highest rate  of  urbanization in  South Asia. As per the Population Census of 2017, urbanization in the country had increased  from  32.52 percent to 37.20 percent in 2020  and it was estimated that by 2025, next year,  nearly half of the country’s population  will be living in the  cities.

Recently held Digital Population Census figures in this regard were somehow not immediately  available, please.

Ongoing process of rapid  urbanization was already stretching cities’ resources in the country.

The tremendous challenge of absorbing such a massive number of people in the urban areas of the country and  providing them with  shelter, food,, employment, healthcare, education, municipal services and recreational facilities was quite obviously more difficult given the shortage of urban facilities and resources, skilled human resources and good government.

However, despite these challenges, urban areas were demonstrating  the immense economic potential  for generating growth in the country.

When contacted, the official sources  said that in order to address the increasing urbanization issues and challenges in the country, the federal government under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP)  an allocation of approximately  Rs 41.5  billion was made for the outgoing financial year 2023-24 for the physical planning and housing sector  programmes to be launched and implemented  by various ministries, divisions and departments concerned . The important programmes  being implemented included flood-affected areas’ rehabilitation and  resilient reconstruction,, construction of the government offices accommodation, low-income income, water supply  and sanitation and achievement of the relevant Sustainable Development Programme (SDGs ) programme.

When asked about completion of so launched development schemes, the sources said that they were keeping their fingers crossed, hoping for completion of a good number of development  schemes  by end June 2024.