13 - Dec - 2023
COP28, PARIS AGREEMENT, AND SUSTAINABLE INITIATIVES IN CBD PUNJAB
COP28, the 28th annual United Nations Climate Change Conference, is a critical platform for nations to discuss and negotiate actions to address climate change and assess progress under the Paris Agreement. This landmark accord aims to limit global temperature increases to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2100, with a more ambitious target of 1.5 degrees Celsius. It relies on a system of nationally determined contributions (NDCs), where countries commit to their own goals for achieving these targets. COP28 is expected to be a pivotal conference in evaluating the achievements under the Paris Agreement and determining the future action plan. Punjab, a province in Pakistan, is actively contributing to climate action and sustainable development, as demonstrated by its engagement in global initiatives like COP28. The Government of Punjab has initiated various eco-friendly projects, including CBD Punjab, with the goal of attracting investments and stimulating economic activity. These initiatives align with the objectives of the Paris Agreement, aiming to mitigate environmental degradation, improve environmental quality, and promote sustainable practices through policy implementations, green development, LEED certification, smart city strategies, and sustainable infrastructure development. Punjab's efforts showcase its commitment to global climate action and sustainable development. CBD Punjab, spearheaded by the Government of Punjab, is a modern, state-of-the-art project designed to attract foreign and local investors and generate economic activity in Lahore. The Punjab Central Business District Development Authority (PCBDDA) aims to address environmental degradation while enhancing environmental quality through a range of initiatives. These initiatives include policy implementations, green development, LEED certification, a smart city approach, tree plantation, rainwater harvesting, wastewater treatment, and energy generation through renewable resources. CBD Punjab has a sustainability-driven focus, incorporating eco-friendly features to reduce carbon emissions and promote green practices. The project includes underground parking and parking plazas at connecting nodes to encourage pedestrian footfall and reduce carbon emissions, along with on-road parking spots and EV charging points for electric vehicles (EVs). A tree plantation program aims to plant 14,500 trees, with 12,500 trees already planted along specific roads. Furthermore, 33% of the land is dedicated to open areas, surpassing the city's standard of 15%. CBD Punjab has also introduced the innovative "Blue Road" concept to Lahore, providing a sustainable alternative to traditional asphalt roads by incorporating heat absorption and energy-conserving features. Rainwater harvesting systems, including a rainwater harvesting tank at Saint Mary's Park and harvesting channels running through the CBD Punjab Quaid District, have been integrated into the project. Additionally, the project emphasizes dedicated cycle lanes, wastewater treatment strategies in compliance with the Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) guidelines, and adherence to LEED certification standards for sustainable building construction. In summary, CBD Punjab's efforts align with the goals of the Paris Agreement and contribute to global transformative climate action.
22 - Aug - 2023
CBD PUNJAB EMPOWERS STAFF WITH FINANCIAL KNOW-HOW THROUGH TAX WORKSHOP
In a proactive effort to foster financial literacy and enhance awareness regarding tax implications among its employees, the CBD Punjab Finance Directorate, organized a Tax Workshop at the CBD Punjab Complex. The primary aim of this workshop was to provide valuable insights into tax laws and the recent amendments introduced in the Finance Act of 2023. The workshop covered a comprehensive spectrum of tax-related subjects, including income tax implications on various aspects such as salaries, commissions, property transactions, rentals, sales of goods and services, as well as an overview of General Sales Tax (GST) and Punjab Sales Tax (PST). This proactive initiative sought to empower participants with a solid understanding of taxation laws, enabling them to make informed financial decisions. Syed Habban Subhani, the Executive Director Finance at CBD Punjab, shared his perspective, stating, "Financial awareness is fundamental for sustainable economic growth. Our workshop serves as a platform to empower individuals with knowledge about tax regulations, equipping them to navigate the financial landscape more effectively." To ensure the delivery of accurate and up-to-date information, CBD Punjab invited distinguished tax experts to lead the workshop. Notable speakers included Talal Zahic from RSM Avais Hyder Liaquat Nauman Chartered Accountants. The session was attended by enthusiastic staff members of CBD Punjab, fostering an atmosphere of collaborative learning and knowledge exchange. The workshop concluded with a certificate distribution ceremony among the participants. This event represents another significant step in PCBDDA's commitment to cultivating a conducive business ecosystem in Punjab. By hosting informative sessions like this tax workshop, CBD Punjab continues to play a pivotal role in ensuring that stakeholders are well-prepared to navigate the intricacies of financial regulations within a rapidly evolving economic landscape.
12 - Aug - 2023
TRANSFORMING THE URBAN LANDSCAPE; A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN CBD PUNJAB & LDA
In a historic milestone for urban development, the Punjab Central Business District Development Authority (PCBDDA) and the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) have joined hands through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to embark on transformative projects for the city of Lahore. The MOU signing ceremony was graced by the presence of Commissioner Lahore and DG LDA, Mohammad Ali Randhawa, alongside the CEO of CBD Punjab, Imran Amin. The agreement was officially sealed by Director Marketing CBD Punjab, Waseem Siddique, and Director Admin LDA, Rabia Riasat, who exchanged signed documents, solidifying their shared commitment to a productive partnership. Commissioner Lahore emphasized the significance of this collaboration between CBD Punjab and LDA, declaring, "Collaboration between CBD Punjab and LDA heralds a new era of sustainable urban development. This strategic alliance will broaden the horizons of our projects and provide superior investment opportunities in our vibrant city." CEO CBD Punjab, Imran Amin, echoed these sentiments, stating, "Our joint efforts will usher in a paradigm shift in urban planning. This partnership will act as a catalyst for growth and innovation, creating a dynamic environment for both local and international investors." To fortify their collaborative endeavors, a series of forthcoming events, including investor conferences, domestic and international roadshows, and expos, are on the horizon, underscoring their commitment to effective project marketing. The MOU signing ceremony was graced by luminaries from various fields, including Additional DG Housing Captain (R) Shahmir Iqbal, Chief Engineer LDA Asrar Saeed, Director Finance Kashif Imran, Director Action Rabail Butt, and Deputy Director Legal CBD Punjab, Ahmed Usman. The partnership between CBD Punjab and LDA signifies a significant leap forward in Lahore's urban development journey, promising a brighter and more prosperous future for the city and its residents.
11 - Aug - 2023
CELEBRATING INDEPENDENCE DAY WITH A GLEAM OF FREEDOM - CBD PUNJAB LIGHTS UP PUNJAB WITH NATIONAL SPIRIT
Punjab Central Business District Development Authority (PCBDDA) is proudly embracing the patriotic spirit as it celebrates Pakistan's 76th Independence Day with unparalleled zeal. Under the directives of Chief Minister Punjab, Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi, CBD Punjab embarked on an inspiring series of events to commemorate this historic occasion. The festivities, running until August 14, 2023 (Pakistan Independence Day) were being carried out under the theme of 'CELEBRATING AZADI-E-TARAQI O KAMAAL.' This campaign aptly captures the essence of CBD Punjab's role in shaping a prosperous future and nurturing the spirit of freedom. As a beacon of progress, CBD Punjab stands committed to embracing boundless potential and fostering pathways to prosperity. In a striking manifestation of this commitment, CBD Punjab has adorned the Kalma underpass & CBD Punjab Boulevard with a breathtaking display of green and white festive lights, elegantly adorned with the national flag. This symbolic gesture resonates with the unity and pride that define this historic occasion. As the celebrations reach their crescendo, the citizens of Lahore were met with a mesmerizing firework display on the stroke of midnight, August 14, 2023, at the Kalma Chowk CBD Punjab project site. This awe-inspiring display promised a fitting tribute to the courage, sacrifices and unity that led to the birth of Pakistan. Moreover, a special cake-cutting and flag-hoisting ceremony took place at CBD Punjab House on August 14, 2023, signifying the jubilant culmination of these celebrations. Imran Amin, CEO of CBD Punjab, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, "This, year's celebrations are a testament to the relentless pursuit of progress and freedom. CBD Punjab remains dedicated to realizing the potential of a prosperous and united Pakistan." The Punjab Central Business District Development Authority invited everyone to join in this momentous celebration of Pakistan's 76th Independence Day to witness the unity and resilience that has shaped the nation.
27 - Jul - 2023
CBD PUNJAB'S SUCCESSFUL DRAINAGE PIT TESTING SETS THE STAGE FOR WALTON ROAD UPGRADATION PROJECT
CBD Punjab proudly announces the successful completion of drainage pit testing as a pivotal milestone in the Walton Road upgradation project. This achievement represents a substantial stride towards addressing the long-standing challenges associated with the drainage and sewerage system, notably concerning ADA Nullah. In compliance with the directives of the then Prime Minister Pakistan, Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, and Chief Minister Punjab, Syed Mohsin Naqvi, CBD Punjab is poised to commence the Walton Road project upon the conclusion of the Monsoon season. The initiation of this project aims to bolster the road's infrastructure and enhance the overall urban landscape. CEO of CBD Punjab, Imran Amin, expressed his enthusiasm about the project, stating, "We are delighted to announce the successful completion of drainage pit testing, a pivotal phase of the Walton Road upgradation project. This development underscores our unwavering commitment to addressing the pressing issues faced by the community." In alignment with the authority's core values of transparency and environmental responsibility, CBD Punjab conducted a public hearing to obtain environmental approval. This step signifies the dedication to actively engage with the community and ensure sustainable development practices. The Walton Road upgradation project is poised to usher in positive transformations, offering improved drainage and sewerage systems, enhancing road infrastructure, and elevating the living standards of the local residents. CBD Punjab remains steadfastly devoted to its mission and continues to make significant contributions to the growth and prosperity of Punjab.
23 - Jul - 2023
PREPARING FOR THE RAINY SEASON - IMRAN AMIN CEO CBD PUNJAB OVERSEES MONSOON PREPAREDNESS FOR KALMA UNDERPASS
Imran Amin, the CEO of Central Business District Punjab (CBD Punjab), recently conducted a thorough inspection of the Kalma Underpass located on CBD Punjab Boulevard. The purpose of this inspection was to assess the readiness of the drainage and dewatering system during the ongoing Monsoon season, with a specific focus on ensuring efficient rainwater management and minimizing potential flooding risks in the area. During this inspection, CEO Imran Amin reaffirmed CBD Punjab's unwavering commitment to supporting the Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) master plan. As a demonstration of this commitment, CBD Punjab has pledged financial assistance to facilitate the upgradation of WASA's infrastructure within and around CBD Punjab. As per the directives of Chief Minister Punjab Mohsin Naqvi, all departments have united their efforts during the Monsoon season as part of proactive measures. CBD Punjab has already taken significant steps by constructing additional dry and wet wells designed to handle rainwater from Firdous Market and Ali Zaib Road. Furthermore, two more dry and wet wells have been established in Saint Mary Park to effectively manage rainwater from the surrounding area. These enhancements are aimed at bolstering the existing drainage capacity of the Kalma Underpass along CBD Punjab Boulevard. CEO Imran Amin highlighted that the current drainage system of Kalma Underpass is sufficient for its immediate needs. However, CBD Punjab recognizes the need to accommodate the water flow from other areas like Liberty and Gaddafi Stadium. To address this, CBD Punjab has collaborated with WASA to devise a comprehensive plan that includes the installation of extra pumps. The implementation of these pumps is act of priority. Through the combined efforts of CBD Punjab and WASA, both residents and commuters can have heightened confidence in the functionality and resilience of the drainage and dewatering system during the Monsoon season. This commitment to infrastructure enhancement reflects CBD Punjab's steadfast dedication to the well-being and safety of the public and the surrounding regions.
19 - Jul - 2023
CBD PUNJAB ORGANIZED A PUBLIC HEARING FOR ENVIRONMENTAL APPROVAL OF WALTON ROAD UPGRADATION
The Punjab Central Business District Development Authority (PCBDDA) has embarked on a significant initiative-the Walton Road upgradation project. In this regard, CBD Punjab conducted a public hearing session to deliberate on the project's environmental aspects and obtain the necessary environmental approval, thus demonstrating a commitment to transparency and soliciting valuable feedback. The public hearing session was attended by representatives from the Technical Directorate of CBD Punjab, Environment Protection Agency Punjab (EPA), Walton Cantonment Board (WCB), local residents, and Walton Road community representatives. The technical team from CBD Punjab provided comprehensive insights into the project, underscoring its primary objective to address the longstanding sewage and drainage challenges faced by Walton Road. The Walton Road upgradation project seeks to resolve these protracted issues related to the sewage and drainage system. CBD Punjab's plan includes the implementation of a dedicated sewage system, diverting it away from ADA Nullah, and establishing a separate sewage line from Walton Road to Hadyara Drain. ADA Nullah will be exclusively designated for rainwater management. Moreover, CBD Punjab will revamp Walton Road, integrating features such as protected U-turns, underpasses, and overhead bridges. The project also places a strong emphasis on creating green spaces and promoting tree plantations to enhance the environment. These enhancements are anticipated to result in a more uniform traffic flow, reduced congestion, and the mitigation of environmental hazards. While talking on the occasion Brigadier (R) Mansoor Janjua, COO of CBD Punjab, said, "We are committed to resolving the longstanding issues faced by the residents of Walton Road. Through this upgradation project, CBD Punjab aims to create a modern and sustainable environment that prioritizes the well-being of the community." Executive Director Technical CBD Punjab, Riaz Hussain, emphasized the authority's dedication to working diligently with all available resources to ensure the project's timely completion. Residents of Walton Road voiced their concerns, citing recurrent flooding and the mixing of sewage water with drinking water during heavy rainfall, leading to severe health problems. They highlighted the damage caused to the surrounding areas due to overflowing sewage water. Once the ADA Nullah issue is resolved, it will be a blessing for the inhabitants of Walton Road. The project is expected to combat health and environmental issues while facilitating smoother traffic flow and reducing traffic congestion. The residents living in the proximity of Walton Road have placed their complete trust in the authority's ability to address these persistent issues. CBD Punjab is fully committed to ensuring the successful completion of the Walton Road upgradation project, thereby ushering in a positive transformation and improved living conditions for the area's residents.
10 - Jun - 2023
CHIEF MINISTER PUNJAB MOHSIN RAZA NAQVI ASSESSES PROGRESS AT CBD PUNJAB PROJECT SITE
Chief Minister Punjab, Syed Mohsin Raza Naqui, conducted a site visit to CBD Punjab to assess the progress of development work for CBD Punjab phases 2, 3, and the Main Boulevard linkage to Bab E Pakistan on Walton Road in Lahore. During this visit, the Chief Minister Punjab received a comprehensive briefing from CBD Punjab's CEO, Imran Amin, who highlighted the significant advancements made in the project. Executive Director Technical CBD Punjab, Riaz Hussain, Director Project Management CBD Punjab, Asif Iqbal and senior officials of CBD Punjab were present during the briefing. CBD Punjab has embarked on the development of phases 2 and 3, in addition to establishing a linkage between the CBD Punjab Boulevard and Bab E Pakistan on Walton Road. Notably, CBD Punjab will construct flyovers at Ghora Chowk, Lahore, Walton Railway Crossing, and Bab-e-Pakistan, which will address key traffic congestion points. CBD Punjab has also recommended the construction of a roundabout at Kalma Chowk. Expressing his vision for timely project completion, Chie Minister Punjab emphasized the importance of providing maximum relief to the people. He directed the authorities to ensure that the newly constructed roads have sufficient width to accommodate the increasing traffic load, a crucial consideration for enhancing transportation efficiency. CEO CBD Punjab, Mr. Imran Amin, reiterated his commitment to delivering a state-of-the-art project. He emphasized CBD Punjab's dedication to providing high-quality infrastructure projects that will greatly benefit the people of Punjab. The visit was attended by esteemed government officials, including the Chief Secretary Punjab, Secretary Planning, Commissioner Lahore/D LDA, CCO Lahore, CTO Lahore, Deputy Commissioner Lahore, and Chief Engineer LDA.
05 - Jun - 2023
CBD PUNJAB CELEBRATED WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY WITH A PROMISE TO BEAT PLASTIC POLLUTION AND PROMOTE SUSTAINABILITY
Central Business District Punjab (CBD Punjab), proudly joins the global community in celebrating World Environment Day with great enthusiasm. Our aim is to raise awareness and promote positive actions for environmental protection. This year's theme, "Beat Plastic Pollution," underscores the urgent need to address the detrimental impact of plastic on our environment. CBD Punjab has consistently advocated the cause of reducing plastic usage and promoting the adoption of eco-friendly alternatives. Under the visionary leadership of CEO CBD Punjab, Imran Amin, the authority remains at the forefront of various environment-friendly initiatives, further solidifying its commitment to a greener future. By embracing modern urbanization on vertical principles, CBD Punjab is actively contributing to the economic development of Punjab while prioritizing sustainability. Speaking on this occasion, CEO Imran Amin expressed the authority's unwavering dedication to environmental protection, stating, "At CBD Punjab, we firmly believe that safeguarding the environment is not merely an option but a responsibility. We have to take collective action to combat plastic pollution and protect our planet for future generations. World Environment Day serves as a reminder to all individuals to protect and preserve our planet." CBD Punjab takes immense pride in its ongoing efforts to enhance the green landscape of Punjab. With a strong focus on sustainable development, the authority has dedicated 40% of the land to open areas, including green spaces, surpassing the city's current sustainable open area standard of 15%. Moreover, CBD Punjab has allocated a substantial amount to the relevant government authorities for the plantation of the Miyawaki forest and new green spaces within the city. As part of modern infrastructure development practices, the authority has also introduced Pakistan's first Blue Road. These initiatives not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of the area but also contribute to cleaner air quality and a healthier ecosystem. Promoting clean, green, and sustainable energy sources is a key aspect of CBD Punjab's environmental commitment. The authority actively advocates for the use of renewable energy and strives to increase the green cover throughout Punjab. By encouraging the adoption of solar panels and other environmentally-friendly technologies, CBD Punjab aims to reduce the carbon footprint and foster a sustainable lifestyle. CBD Punjab extends its invitation to everyone to join hands in celebrating World Environment Day and play an active role in preserving our natural resources. By taking small yet significant steps in our daily lives, such as reducing plastic usage, conserving water, and planting trees, we can collectively make a lasting impact on our environment. Together, let's create a greener and more sustainable future for Punjab and beyond.
21 - May - 2023
REVITALIZING INFRASTRUCTURE: FEDERAL MINISTER FOR RAILWAYS AND AVIATION VISITS CBD PUNJAB'S WALTON ROAD PROJECT
Federal Minister for Railways and Aviation, Khawaja Saad Rafique, paid a visit to the CBD Punjab Walton Road project site to receive a detailed briefing on the ongoing development. Punjab Central Business District Development Authority (PCBDDA), also known as Central Business District Punjab (CBD Punjab, has been entrusted with the responsibility of Bab-e-Pakistan development and Walton Road upgradation, following the successful completion of the Kalma Underpass Remodeling and CBD Punjab Boulevard. The project has received the approval of the CBD Punjab Board. CEO of CBD Punjab, Imran Amin and Executive Director Technical, Riaz Hussain provided an extensive briefing on the project specifics. The initial phase of CBD Punjab will be linked to Walton Road Phase 2 through a primary corridor, featuring the construction of a railway underpass. Additionally, the widening of Walton Road and the upgradation of the entire sewage system are integral components of the endeavor. Federal Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique expressed unwavering confidence in the capabilities of CBD Punjab, emphasizing their commitment to completing this project with the same level of passion and dedication demonstrated during the successful completion of the Kalma Underpass Remodeling and CBD Punjab Boulevard. The Federal Minister stated, "CBD Punjab has exemplified its professionalism by taking on this project, which is poised to resolve crucial issues such as traffic congestion and sewage problems on Walton Road." CEO of CBD Punjab, Imran Amin, affirmed the authority's determination to utilize its resources efficiently and effectively. He expressed confidence that this project will not only enhance the infrastructure of Walton Road but also make a substantial contribution to improving the overall quality of life for the residents of Lahore. Walton Road is home to the ADA Nala, a nullah that has been prone to overflowing during periods of heavy rainfall. Recognizing the need for improvement, CBD Punjab has taken on the task of reconstructing the ADA Nala. The project involves underground expansion and widening of the nullah, aiming to enhance its capacity and mitigate the issue of overflow. Additionally, as part of the initiative, the ADA Nala will be transferred over a distance of 16 km to the Hadyara Drain, contributing to an upgraded and more efficient infrastructure. These measures are set to bring about positive changes in managing water flow and ensuring the smooth functioning of the ADA Nala system. The Bab-e-Pakistan development and Walton Road upgradation project undertaken by CBD Punjab are expected to bring significant improvements to the region's infrastructure. With a proven track record of successful project completions, CBD Punjab has established itself as a reliable and proficient authority dedicated to delivering exceptional results.
18 - May - 2023
UNVEILING PUNJAB'S HERITAGE WITH A REVOLUTIONARY TVC TO IGNITE THE SPIRIT OF OPPORTUNITY AND INSPIRE MODERN URBANIZATION
CBD Punjab, the Punjab Central Business District Development Authority, renowned for its efforts in modern urbanization and vertical expansion, has adopted a distinctive approach to showcase the rich legacy of Punjab province. By introducing Punjab as the 'Spirit of Opportunity, CBD Punjab shines a spotlight on Punjab's history of development, celebrating its diverse subcontinental culture and highlighting its remarkable journey of progress. The recently released TVC by CBD Punjab encapsulates the essence of Punjab's heritage and provides a glimpse into the authority's upcoming projects. These include the awe-inspiring skyscraper 'Sirius, the state-of-the-art medical facility 'Sano,' the forthcoming IT hub 'Node' in the Special Technology Zone, the exquisite branded residences 'Regalia; and the highly acclaimed retail district 'Runway. These visionary projects aim to transform Lahore's economic landscape, opening new avenues for growth and development. The TVC has garnered praise for its exceptional production quality, stunning camera work, and captivating visuals. It has been broadcasted on both national and global media platforms. Imran Amin, the CEO of CBD Punjab, expressed his enthusiasm about the TVC, stating, "We are delighted to launch this unique TVC, which exemplifies our commitment to advancing economic and national development, paving the way for a brighter future for all. Punjab, as the largest province in terms of economy and population, with a vast pool of skilled workforce, holds immense potential for investments. CBD Punjab is driving this potential forward. We offer investment opportunities not only in vertical development but also in energy, health, hospitality, entertainment, and retail infrastructure. This initiative aims to inspire and harness the benefits of the opportunities that Punjab has to offer." CBD Punjab's TVC sets a new benchmark for the government sector in Pakistan, showcasing the authority's determination to lead the way in promoting economic and national development. The campaign seeks to inspire individuals to seize the abundant opportunities available in Punjab. It is part of CBD Punjab's broader efforts to upgrade infrastructure, foster business growth, and create new job opportunities. The development of the Central Business District stands as a crucial component of this initiative, positioning Punjab as a global hub for business and commerce.
07 - May - 2023
CBD PUNJAB – REDEFINING CONNECTIVITY IN LAHORE WITH KALMA CHOWK UNDERPASS REMODELLING PROJECT
Punjab Central Business District Development Authority (PCBDDA), also known as Central Business District Punjab (CBD Punjab), takes immense pride in announcing the completion and opening of the Kalma Chowk Underpass remodeling project on CBD Punjab Boulevard. This remarkable endeavor was accomplished within the specified timeline, as per the directive of the Chief Minister of Punjab. The visit was graced by the Chief Minister Punjab, Syed Mohsin Raza Naqui and Commissioner Lahore, Muhammad Ali Randhawa, along with CEO CBD Punjab, Imran Amin, conducted a final inspection visit to the site, ensuring its optimal functionality for traffic. This development stands as a true gift to the residents of Lahore, providing them with a seamless and efficient traffic flow experience. Imran Amin, CEO CBD Punjab, also expressed his sincere appreciation to the Chief Minister Punjab for his unwavering support and guidance. He emphasized, "The completion of the Kalma Chowk remodeling project stands as a testament to the dedication and hard work exhibited by our CBD Punjab team. We are committed to creating infrastructure that is not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing. We envision this project as a catalyst in making Lahore a better place to live, work, and visit." The event was attended by Executive Director Technical CBD Punjab, Riaz Hussain, Executive Director Commercial CBD Punjab, Mohammad Omer, Director Construction CBD Punjab, Asif Babar, Director Project Management CBD Punjab, Asif Iqbal, Director Marketing CBD Punjab, Waseem Siddiq, and other officials from CBD Punjab. CBD Punjab remains steadfast in its commitment to enhancing the city's infrastructure, with a focus on providing the people of Lahore with superior connectivity and mobility. The completion of the Kalma Chowk remodeling project represents just the beginning, as CBD Punjab eagerly anticipates undertaking more transformative projects in the future.
02 - May - 2023
CBD PUNJAB INTRODUCES FIRST EVER ‘BLUE ROAD’ CONCEPT IN ASIA REGION FOR MODERNIZING LAHORE’S INFRASTRUCTURE
The Punjab Central Business District Development Authority (PCBDDA), commonly known as Central Business District Punjab (CBD Punjab), is elated to introduce of the groundbreaking "Blue Road" concept in Lahore. This innovative approach aims to revitalize the city's infrastructure and enhance the well-being of its residents. CBD Punjab is leading the way by introducing the Blue Road concept to Lahore, making it the first city in Pakistan and Asia to adopt this cutting-edge and revolutionary approach. Blue Roads offer a sustainable alternative to traditional asphalt roads, incorporating features that observe heat and conserve energy to reduce pollution and promote a healthier environment. These revolutionary roads utilize a specialized coating that reflects sunlight, minimizing heat absorption by the road surface. Additionally, the reflective coating improves visibility for drivers during nighttime, thereby enhancing road safety. Blue roads mitigate the urban heat island effect, reducing the impact on local ecosystems and lowering energy requirements for cooling. Additionally, they contribute to improved air quality and reduced smog formation by reflecting sunlight and lowering air temperatures. Furthermore, these roads are designed to withstand wear and tear, including weather, heavy traffic, and chemical exposure, resulting in increased durability, longer lifespan, and reduced maintenance costs. Under the leadership of Imran Amin, CEO of CBD Punjab, the construction work has been closely monitored to ensure adherence to the timeline set by the Chief Minister of Punjab, Mohsin Raza Naqvi. Expressing his excitement, CEO CBD Punjab, Imran Amin, stated, "We are thrilled to introduce the Blue Road concept in Pakistan, which has already achieved successful implementation in several European and Middle Eastern countries like the Netherlands, France, and Qatar. This project will not only yield environmental benefits, such as heat observation, energy conservation, and reduced pollution, but also contribute to our vision of creating a modern, sustainable, and inclusive society in Punjab." CBD Punjab remains dedicated to delivering projects that uplift the quality of life for its residents. The introduction of the "Blue Road" concept is just one among numerous initiatives undertaken by the authority to modernize the city's infrastructure and enhance the overall well-being of its citizens.
18 - Apr - 2023
CBD PUNJAB TRANSFORMING PAKISTAN'S ECONOMIC LANDSCAPE THROUGH SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Barrister Syed Azfar Ali Nasir, the Provincial Minister for Housing & Urban Development and Public Health Engineering Punjab, visited the Central Business District Punjab (CBD Punjab) in Lahore to observe the progress of ongoing sustainable development projects. Also present at the session were CEO CBD Punjab, Imran Amin, COO CBD Punjab, Brigadier (R) Mansoor Janjua, Chairman CBD Punjab, Fazeel Asif Jah, Executive Director Commercial, Mohammed Omer, Executive Director Legal, Barrister Bilal Afzal Khokhar, Director Marketing, Waseem Siddiq, and other officials of CBD Punjab. During the visit, the Executive Director Commercial CBD Punjab, Mohammed Omer, briefed the minister on the revenue generation strategies employed by CBD Punjab. The Authority operates on a self-sustaining model, generating revenue through open auctions, investor networking, public/private partnerships, joint ventures, and government-to-government initiatives, without relying on government funding or tax money. As a premium authority with a one-window operation concept, favorable bylaws, fast approvals, and an investor-friendly ease of doing business, CBD Punjab serves as a center for revenue generation for the Government of Punjab. The authority offers centralized and vertical infrastructure, allowing for increased building height limits of up to 750 ft. Expressing his satisfaction, CEO CBD Punjab, Imran Amin, stated, "We are delighted to provide a briefing to Provincial Minister Housing Urban Development and Public Health Engineering, Barrister Syed Azfar Ali Nasir, on our ongoing initiatives to establish Pakistan's first business district. At CBD Punjab, we are fully committed to sustainable development, and we believe that our initiatives will elevate Pakistan's standing on the global economic map." During the briefing on revenue generation activities, the Provincial Minister was informed that CBD Punjab conducted its first auction in September 2021, where the authority sold five mixed-use commercial plots in the Lahore Prime area. The second auction for Lahore's first planned central Downtown took place in March 2022, where the authority sold seven mixed-use commercial plots. CBD Punjab currently holds over 100 plots located in the heart of Lahore, with an estimated potential value of PKR 500+ billion. second auction for Lahore's first planned central Downtown took place in March 2022, where the authority sold seven mixed-use commercial plots. CBD Punjab currently holds over 100 plots located in the heart of Lahore, with an estimated potential value of PR 500+ billion. CBD Punjab is actively involved in several ongoing projects, including the remodeling of the Main Boulevard from Liberty to Kalma Chowk and CBD Punjab Boulevard, the planning of Lahore Grand Souk, infrastructure development of Phase-l, Car Parking Plaza, and the remodeling of Walton Road. Impressed with the progress and initiatives undertaken by CBD Punjab, the Provincial Minister for Housing & Urban Development and Public Health Engineering, Barrister Syed Azfar Ali Nasir, praised the authority's commitment to sustainable development and revenue generation for the government. He expressed confidence that the project would contribute to Pakistan's economic growth.
16 - Apr - 2023
PRIME MINISTER OF PAKISTAN VISITS KALMA CHOWK REMODELING CBD PUNJAB BOULEVARD PROJECT SITE
The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, paid a visit to the site of the Kalma Chowk Remodeling CBD Punjab Boulevard project in Lahore. Led by the Punjab Central Business District Development Authority (PCBDDA), also known as Central Business District Punjab (CBD Punjab), the project aims to transform the Kalma Chowk area, including the underpass, road networks, water supply, and drainage lines. During his visit, the Prime Minister received a detailed briefing on the project from CEO CBD Punjab, Imran Amin, and other senior officials. Originally scheduled to be completed on June 2, 2023, with a contract price of Rs 4.2 billion, the project has been completed ahead of schedule by one week, without any revisions to the PC1 and well within the allocated budgets and estimates. The remodeling work includes the Kalma Underpass with a length of 925m, the Ali Zeb underpass with a barrel length of 377 meters, and the CBD Quaid District with a barrel length of 280 meters. Additionally, the road networks covering a total distance of 4.98km have undergone rehabilitation. The main Kalma Underpass and the allied at-grade roads, such as Ali Zaib Road with Service Lanes, are now fully operational for traffic. Upgrades were made to water supply, sewerage, and drainage lines, along with the construction of two wells within the project area. A water retention tank with wells at Saint Mary's Park was also built. The width of the underpasses, Ali Zeb Road, Main Boulevard, and Saint Mary's Road has been expanded to ensure a smoother traffic flow. Present during the Prime Minister's visit were the Chief Minister Punjab Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi, Commissioner Lahore Division Muhammad Ali Randhawa, COO CBD Punjab Brigadier (R) Mansoor Janjua, Directorate heads of CBD Punjab, MD Nespak Dr. Tahir Masood, Brigadier Umar Farooqi PD NLC, officials of NLC, NESPAK, and other senior government officials.
14 - Mar - 2023
CBD PUNJAB CELEBRATES PUNJAB'S CULTURAL HERITAGE AT JASHAN-E-BAHARAN & PUNJABI CULTURE DAY
CBD Punjab takes the spotlight at Jashan-E-Baharan & Punjabi Culture Day celebrations. The Punjab Central Business District Development Authority (PCBDDA) successfully concluded its participation in the Jashan-E-Baharan celebrations (Spring Festival), organized by the Government of Punjab. This annual festival aims to promote the vibrant culture of Punjab by highlighting different themes, bringing joy and entertainment to the people of the province. CBD Punjab actively supported various activities during the festivities, including Dangal (wrestling), Cycling, and Marathon. Additionally, the authority designed an innovative social media campaign for Punjabi Culture Day to showcase the richness and diversity of Punjab's cultural heritage. The campaign, featuring videos and still images, highlighted Punjabi traditions such as food, folk music, and sculptures. The CBD Punjab float stole the show throughout the festival. Adorned with flowers and vibrant colors, the float showcased the signature projects of CBD Punjab, including SIRIUS, The Runway, and The Regalia, capturing the essence of spring. Commending the efforts of CBD Punjab in showcasing its unique projects in a lively manner, Commissioner Lahore Division, Mr. Mohammed Ali Randhawa, expressed his appreciation. He acknowledged the authority's commitment to constructing quality infrastructure projects in the province. CEO CBD Punjab, Mr. Imran Amin, shared his perspective, stating, "CBD Punjab has always supported government initiatives in promoting cultural activities. We strive to be at the forefront of adding value to the community. Our participation in Jashan-E-Baharan is a testament to our dedication to promoting the rich culture and heritage of Punjab." As a leading development authority, CBD Punjab aims to create vibrant and sustainable business districts in Punjab. The authority focuses on developing state-of-the-art infrastructure, providing world-class facilities, and fostering a business-friendly environment. CBD Punjab's participation in Jashan-E-Baharan is part of its broader strategy to engage with the community and showcase the authority's vision and mission.
24 - Feb - 2023
Opening Kalma Chowk Underpass for Traffic in Record Time - An Impressive Achievement by CBD Punjab
The Punjab Central Business District Development Authority (PCBDDA), has achieved a noteworthy feat by making both lanes of the Kalma Chowk Underpass functional in a record-breaking time of just two and a half months. This underpass, the longest in Pakistan, was made available for traffic before PSL 8 Lahore matches started. The project was entirely funded by CBD Punjab. The event was graced by the presence of Chief Minister Punjab, Mr. Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi, Provincial Minister for Excise, Taxation, Communication, and Works Punjab, Mr. Bilal Afzal, Commissioner Lahore, Mr. Mohammed Ali Randhawa, COO PCBDDA, Brigadier (R) Mansoor Janjua, Executive Director Technical PCBDDA, Mr. Riaz Hussain, Executive Director Commercial, Mr. Mohammed Omer, Technical team of PCBDDA, staff members of PCBDDA, NLC, and other government officials. The technical team of CBD Punjab worked tirelessly, day and night, to complete the impossible task of ensuring that the underpass was ready for use. The team's primary goal was to provide maximum relief to the public and reduce hindrances in the daily commute of the citizens of Lahore, as directed by the Chief Minister of Punjab, Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi. The team has worked at a pace of almost 50 beam piles per day. During a project briefing, the Executive Director Technical PCBDDA, Mr. Riaz Hussain, explained that the existing water storage tank at Kalma Chowk Underpass is inadequate to handle an additional estimated 14 cusec rainwater from the two new barrels. To address this, the authority plans to build a storage tank with a capacity of 300,000 gallons at Saint Mary Park. This water will be filtered and reused for various purposes, particularly for irrigation of parks and horticulture. It will substantially impact the environment by controlling water wastage, soil erosion, and water pollution and reducing inherent flooding issues. The water storage tank will provide a reliable water supply during emergencies and will also help to replenish groundwater levels. The COO of CBD Punjab, Brigadier (R) Mansoor Janjua, expressed his delight and announced that both lanes of the underpass were open for traffic before the PSL 8 matches in Lahore, as per the authority's commitment to timely completion of the project. He also acknowledged the dedication and hard work of the technical team, along with the official contractor, National Logistic Cell (NLC), in utilizing all available resources to ensure that both lanes of the underpass were functional for traffic. CBD Punjab's accomplishment of making both lanes of the Kalma Chowk Underpass functional is a testament to its commitment to providing high-quality infrastructure for the public. The Executive Director Technical of CBD Punjab, Mr. Riaz Hussain, also acknowledged the remarkable job done by the technical team and NLC in making Kalma Chowk Underpass functional before the given timeframe.
15 - Dec - 2022
Exploring New Business Ties for Punjab's Economic Boost: A Bilateral Discussion between PCBDDA and FIEDMC
At CBD Punjab House, Punjab Central Business District Development Authority (PCBDDA) and Faisalabad Industrial Estate Development & Management Company (FIEDMC) held a formal meeting to discuss the establishment of new bilateral business ties between the two entities to explore domestic and foreign investment opportunities in Faisalabad. The meeting was attended by senior officials from both organizations, including PCBDDA CEO Mr. Imran Amin, FIEDMC Chairman Mr. Waseem Afzal, and FIEDMC General Manager Mr. Rana Muhammad Yousaf Chairman PCBDDA Mr. Fazeel Asif Jah, COO PCBDDA Brig. (R) Mansoor Ahmed Janjua, along with other directorate heads and officials. During the meeting, the investment potential of Faisalabad was highlighted, and the development initiatives undertaken by CBD Punjab were praised for their significant impact on the province's development landscape. The meeting shed light on new avenues in textile, sports, auto parts, agriculture, modern urbanization, and other development sectors. PCBDDA CEO Mr. Imran Amin reiterated CBD Punjab's commitment to increasing Pakistan's economic growth by aligning new business avenues for people across Punjab district. Both entities discussed ideas based on JV, profit, and land-sharing business models to attract lucrative investment for the development of Punjab. Chairman FIEDMC Mr. Waseem Afzal also praised CBD Punjab's capabilities to become an economic engine of the province, envisioning the project as a multi-billion initiative. The meeting concluded with the understanding that all potential investment opportunities should be utilized to the maximum for the economic development of Punjab. Concerned departments and authorities were encouraged to dynamically explore new business avenues to accelerate the province's economic pace.
26 - Nov - 2022
Senior Govt. Officials Visit to Review Progress of CBD Punjab Boulevard and Kalma Underpass Remodeling.
Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab, Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi visited Kalma Chowk Remodeling Project Site to review the progress of the project. Ex Commissioner Lahore, Mr. Amir Jan, presided over a meeting to review the progress of the Kalma Chowk Underpass Remodeling Project and other development initiatives of the Punjab Central Business District Development Authority (PCBDDA). Caretaker Provincial Minister for Excise, Taxation, Communication and Works Punjab, Mr. Bilal Afzal and Commissioner Lahore Division, Mr. Muhammad Ali Randhawa chaired several meetings for the same purpose, on the directives of Caretaker CM Punjab Mohsin Naqvi. Secretary Housing & Urban Development, Capt. (Retd.) Muhammad Zafar Iqbal also visited the site of Kalma Chowk Underpass remodeling. These meetings were attended by several high-ranking officials from the PCBDDA, City Traffic Police Lahore, WASA Lahore, PHA Lahore, PTCL, LESCO, Metropolitan Corporation Lahore, PSCA Lahore, and other concerned departments. During these meetings, Mr. Riaz Hussain, Executive Director Technical of PCBDDA, provided updates on the development progress of the Kalma Chowk Underpass Remodeling Project. He highlighted the progress of pile beam work from Saint Mary Park to Center Point and pile beam excavation on Ali Zaib Road. He further assured the attendees that the authority has taken all necessary measures to ensure public safety and smooth traffic flow. Speaking to the media on one of his visits, Commissioner Lahore emphasized the significance of CBD Punjab and its potential to attract substantial investments for the infrastructure and economic development of Punjab. He directed the management of CBD Punjab to expedite the work on the Kalma Chowk Underpass Remodeling Project and ensure timely completion. He also appreciated the Authority for devising an excellent traffic diversion and public safety plan, adding that he will personally monitor the project's development progress. CEO PCBDDA, Mr. Imran Amin, expressed his commitment to completing the project before the deadline to facilitate daily commuters. He highlighted the expansion of Main Boulevard, which will transform into a centralized boulevard to mitigate traffic congestion and environmental hazards. He also noted that the authority has meticulously planned the project in compliance with high-rise buildings and vertical city expansion, which will result in a positive change for the residents of Lahore. Commissioner Lahore instructed all concerned departments to work collectively and extend full support for the project's timely completion. He emphasized that development projects like Kalma Chowk Underpass Remodeling and CBD Punjab Boulevard have immense potential to propel Lahore to the list of developed cities worldwide.
30 - Oct - 2022
HON. CM PUNJAB LAID THE FOUNDATION STONE FOR CBD PUNJAB BOULEVARD
Chief Minister Punjab, Chaudhary Pervaiz Elahi laid the foundation stone of CBD Punjab Boulevard & remodeling of Kalma Chowk Underpass on Sunday, October 30, 2022. The project of 365-meter-long boulevard is worth Rs 4.2 billion which will be constructed in two phases within 180 days. CBD Punjab Boulevard will provide a signal-free corridor from Barkat Market and Ali Zaib Road to Jail Road. The master plan is designed to give a hassle-free easy entry and exit to Pakistan’s first business district. During his address at the event, CM Punjab said that “We are stabilizing Punjab as a developed economic welfare province. Public relief and well-being are our utmost priority. PCBDDA has secured a prominent spot in the development of Punjab. That is the reason we have expanded the jurisdiction of authority to all over Punjab”. He further added that Punjab Government is extending the working scope of public relief to all over the province and has ensured complete support for the projects of public interest. The ceremony was graced by the CEO of PCBDDA, Mr. Imran Amin, COO of PCBDDA, Brigadier (R) Mansoor Janjua, Directorate Heads of PCBDDA and staff members of the National Logistic Cell (NLC).
13 - Oct - 2022
CBD PUNJAB ADVOCATES DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES TO PUNJAB ACADEMIA THROUGH DEV TALK
Punjab Central Business District Development Authority (PCBDDA), also known as CBD Punjab, is committed in uplifting the economic well-being of Punjab and believes the youth to be the driving force of this commitment. The authority is working on the agenda of national development and the authority has initiated multiple projects for youth to polish their professional skills. As an affirmation of its commitment CBD Punjab conducted its first-ever Development Discussion Forum called the “Dev Talk” at The Beaconhouse National University Lahore. The reason behind CBD Punjab Dev Talk was to involve the academia of Punjab to become advocates for ongoing projects of CBD Punjab and provide them with sought-after insights behind the creation of Pakistan’s first business district and development landscape in Punjab. The keynote speakers for CBD Punjab Dev Talk were Executive Director Commercial PCBDDA, Mr. Mohammed Omer, Executive Director Technical PCBDDA, Mr. Riaz Hussain and Director Business Development PCBDDA, Mr. Ali Waqar Shah and Director Architecture PCBDDA, Mr. Sameer Aftab. Mr. Mohammed Omer, Executive Director Commercial PCBDDA, started the session by highlighting the core need for the establishment of Pakistan’s first and most anticipated business district. In his address, he stated “CBD Punjab is working on the business model to use the barren government-owned land for wealth generation to raise capital for the development of Punjab. We have secured an investment of Rs 58.89 billion in a short time span. CBD Punjab is a room full of opportunities for a secure investment in Punjab, it is a business hub that will reform the urban regeneration and development landscape of the province.” He further added that the vertical expansion of cities is the future, promotion of vertical architecture and modern urban planning is the solution to many problems. CBD Punjab’s core mission is to transform the future for a better tomorrow. Executive Director Technical PCBDDA, Mr. Riaz Hussain said “CBD Punjab is introducing new and modern construction practices. Infrastructure development is gaining pace day by day and soon we will witness some great architectural masterpieces in CBD Punjab. We have almost completed the base work for a state-of-the-art parking plaza. Along with that, 25% of the infrastructure work is also completed. We have ensured that high-quality modern techniques are implemented in the district.” He also shed light on the issue of fire fighting in high-rise buildings, water scarcity and the authority’s plan to counter them. He also told the audience that CBD Punjab is the only LEED-certified real estate project in Punjab. While talking about investment potential opportunities in CBD Punjab, Director Business Development PCBDDA, Mr. Ali Waqar Shah said, “Authority has successfully registered the project as an epitome of secure investment in the region due to its unique, favorable and endless possibilities. We have promoted vertical construction and high-rise buildings which no other real estate project has done. CBD Punjab is the face of the city and the center of attraction for domestic and international investors, with the expansion in the jurisdiction of authority to all over Punjab, we are no more restricted till establishing business districts. We are working on new business models like JV, PPP and REIT to get maximum investment for the development of Punjab. The session was concluded with a question-answer session which cleared many queries and ambiguities about CBD Punjab. At the end of the session Executive Director Commercial PCBDDA, Mr. Mohammed Omer presented an honorary shield to Mr. Shahid Hafeez Kardar, Vice Chancellor Beaconhouse National University. The audience applauded this initiative taken by CBD Punjab and appreciated the steps taken by the authority for the development of the province. The attendees also emphasized that such informative sessions should be organized frequently as they are a fruitful source of passing on information about development projects in the region.
28 - Sep - 2022
CEO CBD PUNJAB BRIEFS US AMBASSADOR ABOUT PROJECTS
A delegation of the U.S Consulate General led by the U.S Ambassador in Pakistan, Mr. Donald Blome, met with Mr. Imran Amin, Chief Executive Officer of Punjab Central Business District Development Authority (PCBDDA), to discuss the bilateral business ties between governments and business communities of both countries. The delegation was briefed about ongoing projects and the futuristic approach of Pakistan’s first business district, CBD Punjab. The delegation was also given a detailed presentation about the investment potential opportunities, environmental and economic significance of CBD Punjab in the development of the province. Mr. Imran Amin, CEO PCBDDA while expressing his views said, “The interest of foreign governments and the international business community is a corroboration that CBD Punjab has made a positive impact on the global economic map. CBD Punjab is a novelty in the development of an economically stable and welfare state of Pakistan’’.
24 - Sep - 2022
DG NLC REVIEWED PROGRESS OF INFRASTRUCTURAL WORK AT CBD PUNJAB WALTON SITE
Director General National Logistic Cell (NLC), Major General Yousaf Jamal visited CBD Punjab Walton Site to review infrastructural work in progress. Chief Operating Officer of Punjab Central Business District Development Authority (PCBDDA), Brigadier (R) Mansoor Janjua, Executive Director Technical (PCBDDA) Mr. Riaz Hussain, and the support staff of CBD Punjab were also present. DG NLC was briefed in detail about the progress of the ongoing construction work by Mr. Riaz Hussain. During the briefing, he talked about the completion of the excavation, column work, steel fixtures and concrete pouring for the raft of the under-construction parking plaza along with the overall infrastructure work in progress. While sharing his views during the visit, DG NLC said “I can witness the progress in the construction of the parking plaza and infrastructure development. The synchronization between the consultants and CBD Punjab site support team is laudable which has made the construction work flawless”. He further added that as a contractor, NLC will ensure that international standards are being implemented throughout the construction process. High-end quality standards and procedures are being observed during the construction of the parking plaza and infrastructure development at the CBD Punjab Walton site, which is a step forward in turning the dream of an economically stable Pakistan into reality.
24 - Sep - 2022
DG NLC VISITS CBD WALTON SITE
To witness and discuss the ongoing development progress at CBD Punjab, Director General of the National Logistic Cell (NLC) visited the project site, accompanied by PD NLC (Central) and SPM NLC. The delegation was given a detailed briefing about ongoing infrastructural work and its progress. Mr. Riaz Hussain, Executive Director Technical Directorate of PCBDDA updated DG NLC about the ongoing construction and excavation of the parking plaza. Chief Executive Officer, Punjab Central Business District Development Authority (PCBDDA), Mr. Imran Amin, Chief Operating Officer (PCBDDA), Brig (R) Mansoor Janjua and the concerned directorate heads of PCBDDA were also present at this occasion. During the visit, DG NLC showed satisfaction with the pace of development work. CEO PCBDDA also appreciated the support and pivotal role of NLC in the infrastructural development of CBD Punjab.
15 - Sep - 2022
INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT EXPEDITES AT CBD PUNJAB WALTON SITE
Punjab Central Business District Development Authority, (PCBDDA) also known as CBD Punjab, has proven its significance in the development of Punjab, through its unique business approach and investment potential. Authority has strengthened its commitment to strive for the development and betterment of the province by expediting the development work at the CBD Punjab Walton site. The authority has started the construction of a state-of-the-art parking plaza to combat the problem of traffic congestion and ensure easy mobility in Pakistan’s first business district situated at Gulberg, Main Boulevard, Lahore. PCBDDA has onboarded a team of seasoned professionals to ensure international standards are being implemented in the construction of this architectural masterpiece. CBD Punjab’s technical team is working days and nights for the timely completion of the project, along with National Logistic Cell (NLC) as the official contractor, whereas Dar-ul-Handasa and Asian Con. JV as design consultants. NESPAK is performing the duties of project management and supervision for this project. To ensure the core strength and durability of the parking plaza every minute detail is being covered in the construction of the base structure. Excavation work has been completed with steel fixtures, rafting and waterproofing. Approximately 1800 m3 (cubic meter) of concrete has been poured into the raft of the plaza. To accelerate the process of concrete pouring 33 transit mixers have been deployed on the site with a workforce of 100 skilled laborers. Out of a total of six batching plants, two are installed at the CBD Punjab project site by NLC and the remaining four plants are installed by STRONG and TETRA in the vicinity of Gajjumattah, Lahore. Shuttering, steel fixtures, rafting and construction machinery are thoroughly inspected under the supervision of CBD Punjab site team and NESPAK. CEO PCBDDA, Mr. Imran Amin has said, “The main reason for constructing a parking plaza at the initial stage was to complete the base work of underground portion of the parking plaza to execute smooth paving of CBD Boulevard. Our consultants have ensured that best international practices are to be carried out during the construction process. This is just a glimpse of the engineering wonders and architectural masterpieces that the world will witness. I believe every structure in CBD Punjab will be an epitome of excellence for Punjab”.
07 - Sep - 2022
PCBDDA HOSTED A MEETUP TO STRENGTHEN TIES WITH THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY
Punjab Central Business District Development Authority (PCBDDA), also known as CBD Punjab, hosted a meetup in the honor of the business community, developers, and industry thought leaders, in association with the Ministry of Housing, Urban Development, Public Health and Engineering to strengthen the business relations and ties with existing & potential investors at CBD Punjab. Senior Provincial Minister, Mr. Mian Aslam Iqbal graced the event as Chief Guest. The event was attended by the Chief Executive Officer of PCBDDA - Mr. Imran Amin, COO PCBDDA - Brigadier (R) Mansoor Janjua, Mr. Mian Mehmood Ur Rasheed – Minister for Local Government & Community Development, Mr. Ahmed Javed Qazi – Secretary Industries, Commerce & Skill Development, Mr. Asif Jah – Chairman PBIT, senior representation of the business community, other government officials, foreign diplomats, real estate developers & industry thought leaders along with directorate heads of PCBDDA. While addressing the event Senior Provincial Minister Punjab, Mian Aslam Iqbal said that “The province of Punjab, has a pivotal role in the development of Pakistan. Our core focus is to provide a comprehensive business environment all across the province to attract more and more investment in Punjab. A business hub like CBD Punjab has its own unique significance in the development of the province. The project is fully supported by the Government of Punjab and we believe that this project will take Pakistan to new heights”. He further added, “The authority has achieved great milestones in a short time span which is the reason that we have expanded its jurisdiction all over Punjab”. He requested the investors to come forward and start their projects in CBD Punjab. Mr. Imran Amin, Chief Executive Officer of PCBDDA briefed about ongoing and future projects of CBD Punjab. He stated that “CBD Punjab is a celebrated success, and it is only due to the trust of the business community. We have already achieved our first-year target and have aimed higher for the upcoming year. The expansion of CBD Punjab to all over the province is the trust of the Punjab Government in the authority. This expansion will give new heights to the development pace of Punjab”. Prominent industry leaders such as Mr. Gohar Ijaz, Mr. Anwaar Ahmad Khan, Mr. Fawad Mukhtar and Dr. Salman Shah also attended the event. Speaking on behalf of the business community, Mr. Gohar Ijaz said that “CBD Punjab is a fully composed business hub that has all the traits of business ease. I foresee this project as a multi-million-dollar project because it has a room full of opportunities for a secure investment. Commercial hubs like CBD Punjab will prove itself as an economy booster for Punjab. The economic development potential of CBD Punjab has gathered government authorities and the business community on the same page to utilize the investment opportunities in Pakistan’s first business district to get maximum output. Punjab Government has ensured its full support and instructed that no stone should be left unturned for the completion of the project. The session was concluded with the distribution of recognition mementos among the business investors and directorate heads of PCBDDA.
27 - Aug - 2022
DEVELOPMENT AT THE CBD PUNJAB SITE
The development work is gaining pace day by day in Pakistan’s first and most anticipated business district, Central Business District Punjab (CBD Punjab). The development progress is on full throttle on 1200 kanal business district located at the confluence of Gulberg, Model Town and Ferozepur Road. CBD Punjab is the main attraction for the business community of the provincial metropolis of the largest and most populous province. Parking issues are a major threat of choking traffic flow authority has started construction of a state-of-the-art parking plaza at CBD Punjab. Construction working is entering new phases passing each day. Excavation work for the multi-story parking plaza has been completed. In the next phase drilling for base pillars, a concrete bed has been laid. CBD Punjab has maintained international quality standards in the construction of the parking plaza. Water seepage is known to be a weak point of any architectural masterpiece; authority has ensured waterproofing in the base work to avoid any damage to the massive structure. To counter traffic hazards and ensure smooth traffic flow towards the district from adjourning areas of the city with the consultation and assistance of Lahore Development Authority (LDA) and Traffic Engineering & Transport Planning Agency (TEPA), a traffic plan for CBD is being formalized as well. To promote a green environment, authority has also relocated a small forest of +5000 samples at the CBD Punjab site.
24 - Aug - 2022
LCBDDA EXPANDING HORIZONS AS PCBDDA: ENTRUSTED TO ESTABLISH MORE CBDS ACROSS PUNJAB
On August 24, 2022, Punjab Assembly passed the amendment bill of expanding the Lahore Central Business District Development Authority (LCBDDA), to all over Punjab with a clear majority. After the approval of the bill, LCBDDA has been renamed as Punjab Central Business District Development Authority (PCBDDA). The authority has proven itself as a national asset and will work to boost economic activities in major economic hubs like Faisalabad, Multan, Rawalpindi, Sialkot, Gujranwala, Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Sahiwal, & more for the development of Punjab.
17 - Aug - 2022
MIAN ASLAM IQBAL CALLED UPON MEETING WITH CEO CBD PUNJAB ALONG WITH HIGH-LEVEL DELEGATION
To discuss the progress of CBD Punjab, newly appointed Provincial Minister for Housing Urban Development Public Health and Engineering Punjab, Mian Aslam Iqbal met the Chief Executive Officer of CBD Punjab, Mr. Imran Amin. Secretary Housing Punjab Mr. Shakeel Ahmed, COO of CBD Punjab Brigadier (R) Mansoor Janjua, Executive Director Commercial of CBD Punjab Mr. Mohammad Omer were also present during the meeting. Mr. Imran Amin gave an overview of ongoing and previous activities of the authority. The housing minister was also briefed about the upcoming future projects of the authority which will turn out to be a great contribution to the development of the province. The Provincial Minister has lauded the pace of development work and ensured the full support of the Punjab government for the completion of the projects.
14 - Aug - 2022
CBD PUNJAB CELEBRATED 14TH AUGUST WITH FULL SPIRIT
Punjab Central Business District Development Authority celebrated 14th August with high spirits. Team CBD Punjab came together and showed their love for their motherland on Pakistan’s 75th birthday with high zeal. A flag raising ceremony was held at the CBD Punjab House. The entire Team CBD Punjab was draped in white and green and the enthusiasm for the day could be felt in the air. The recitation of the national anthem and the hoisting upwards of the flag of Pakistan left everyone proud with high emotions. The COO of PCBDDA, Brig. (Retd.) Mansoor Ahmed Janjua gave a heartfelt speech about the various sacrifices made for our country and the lessons that we can learn from these sacrifices. This was followed by a speech by the CEO of PCBDDA, Mr. Imran Amin, whose words were stressed on the continuation of great efforts for our country, the true value that Pakistan possesses, and other motivational points that was concluded by a roaring applaud from the entire team. Team CBD Punjab took to digital media by posting a tribute to the country via a popular national song whose each line was sung by a different member of the team. The video showed the diversity yet collectiveness of the team and was an enjoyable experience for all those involved. Also on the digital platform, CBD Punjab paid tribute to the legacy of Pakistan by posting for fourteen days, one key developmental milestone from Pakistan’s rich history. Similarly, a radio campaign was run from 12th to 14th August, in which the voiceover greeted the nation on its 75th Independence Day, also mentioning CBD Punjab as one of the development milestones for Pakistan.
29 - Jul - 2022
CEO CBD PUNJAB MET THE NEWLY ELECTED CHIEF MINISTER PUNJAB
On July 29, 2022, to discuss the ongoing development and future projects of CBD Punjab, the newly elected Honorable Chief Minister Punjab, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi called upon a meeting with Mr. Imran Amin, CEO of CBD Punjab along with a high-level delegation. During the meeting, CM Punjab was given a detailed briefing on ongoing and future projects of CBD Punjab. Mr. Imran Amin also highlighted the significance of the project in the development of Punjab. Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi ensured the full support of the Punjab Government for the completion of the project.
07 - Jul - 2022
TWO-DAY TRAINING SESSION ON LIFE SUPPORT AND FIRE SAFETY CONCLUDED AT CBD HOUSE
On July 7, 2022, a training session on Basic Life Support and Fire Safety was conducted by PCBDDA, in collaboration with the Punjab Emergency Service Rescue 1122. The two-day long training session was conducted at CBD Punjab House, in this session directorate heads, mid-level management and ancillary staff of CBD Punjab underwent hands-on training in basic life support and fire safety. The employees of CBD Punjab were given a complete briefing on basic life support by seasoned rescue professionals of Rescue 1122.
01 - Jul - 2022
CBD PUNJAB – KSA SIGN MOUs FOR BILATERAL PROJECTS
A high-level business delegation, led by the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, visited Riyadh in October 2021. Later in July 2022, prominent Saudi businessmen and entrepreneurs were invited by Punjab Board of Investment and Trade (PBIT). The delegation was led by Chairman Saudi-Pak Business Council, H.E. Mr. Fahad Al Bash. A team of CBD Punjab accompanied the delegation in their visits to Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad. The fruitful sessions brought success to PCBDDA as CBD Punjab signed a contract for bilateral cooperation with a notable Saudi construction group for infrastructural project for public development at the Punjab Central Business District Development Authority.
24 - Jun - 2022
SAUDI DELEGATION VISITS PAKISTAN
To bolster economic ties in diverse fields including construction, agriculture, livestock and the social sector; a high-profile business delegation of the Saudi Pak Business Council led by their respected Chairman, H.E Mr. Fahad Albash visited Punjab on June 2022 ,24. An exclusive meeting was organized by the Punjab Board of Investment and Trade in honor of the Saudi Business Delegation to discuss the potential investment opportunities and new business avenues in the province. The session was attended by H.E. Mr. Fahad Al Bash followed by the members of the Saudi Business Chamber, Dr. Javed Ahmed Qazi, Secretary Industries Punjab, Mr. Imran Amin, CEO of Punjab Central Business District Development Authority (PCBDDA), Mr. Ahmer Malik, CEO Punjab Board of Investment and Trade (PBIT), Mr. Amjad Ali Awan, CEO Punjab Public Private Partnership Authority (PPPPA) and other renowned industry leaders of Punjab. A presentation concerning the overall investment opportunities in Punjab regarding special economic zones, public-private partnership projects, Central Business District Punjab, Ravi Urban Development Authority, Agriculture, IT and energy sectors were displayed to the valued delegation. H.E. Mr. Fahad Al Bash, Chairman Saudi-Pak Business Council mentioned in his address that “Saudi and Pakistani business communities are not two separate entities, these are two brothers and this meet-up is a family reunion. Punjab is a land of opportunities with immense potential for growth. I am pleased to know that the people of Punjab are extraordinarily talented and skilled. There are two million Pakistanis working in various fields in Saudi Arabia and playing a pivotal role in Saudi economic development. It is clearly visible in the presentations that the province of Punjab is a room full of possibilities especially with a project like the Central Business District can be materialized for government to people, government to government and people to people business collaborations for mutual growth of both countries”.
03 - Jun - 2022
YOUNG ARCHITECTS VISIT CBD WALTON SITE
Punjab Central Business District Development Authority (PCBDDA) has always encouraged young graduates to come forward and play their part in the development of the country. PCBDDA has provided many opportunities for aspiring graduates to polish their skills for shining careers. To give a hands-on experience to young architects an on-site open house session was arranged for the final year students of the Architecture Department from Beaconhouse National University. Young & inspiring architects were given a detailed tour of the site with a briefing about the project during their visit. PCBDDA arranged a special session and briefed the students on how to bring forward their architectural perspectives and highlighted the positive aspects of the future of the said degree. PCBDDA is profound in the betterment and development of the country and considers the youth to be the future’s driving force.