Int’l standards of Building Construction urged

While addressing the inaugural ceremony of ‘Building Materials and Products Exhibition’ organised by the Institute of Architects Pakistan (IAP) at the International Expo Centre, Lahore, the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that construction of all buildings must meet the international standards of quality and safety. He insisted that builders should maintain quality of construction for projects of roads, highways, public buildings, parks as well as motorways in the country.

Abbasi maintained that roads, highways, public buildings, parks as well as motorways were also a tangible and important manifestation of architecture of Pakistan which is a burgeoning sector and an integral part of the economy. “Work on low-cost housing was in progress across the country,” he said and added, “Quality was compromised in low-cost housing projects in the past.”

He also underlined vital role of architects in ensuring and enhancing quality of construction, and conservation of built-up heritage, and said future of architecture was bright in the country. He also called upon IAP to lend its expertise for preservation and maintenance of rich architectural heritage of the country so that this treasure could be protected for the future generations.

Appreciating the theme “Archi-tourism” of the exhibition, he said it could attract foreign investment for this sector. He further said that buildings, being constructed in the country, must be compatible with the harsh and severe weather conditions in order to ensure comfortable environment to people throughout the year.

Mohammad Yusuf Ghauri, Chairman IAP Lahore Chapter, presented a memento to the Prime Minister on the behalf of the host organization. State Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb was also present on the occasion. The Prime Minister inaugurated the exhibition and visited various stalls.