Model Town Lahore:The Best Planned Localities of Pakistan

Posted by Raza Rumi

Owais Mughal writes about Lahore’s delightful Model Town. Incidentally, I grew up in Model Town and still remember the old house surrounded by shady trees and the noisy birds.. Am cross-posting the excellent post below:

Model Town is designed in the shape of a square with major roads dividing it into blocks vertically, horizontally and diagonally. The area of Model Town is 5.9 square kilometers (or 1463 acres). The center of the square shape is a circular park. I don’t know the exact dimension but somewhere I’ve read the circumference of this circular park is more than 2km. Besides the obvious symmetry of design, what else has always attracted me to Model Town’s planning is its generous allotment for green areas and parks. Almost 19% of model town’s area is alloted to parks. Another 4% area is alloted to plant nurseries and playgrounds. This ratio of open area (23%) to residential area (56%) is hard to match in most of the well-planned localities of Pakistan.

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2 responses to “Model Town Lahore:The Best Planned Localities of Pakistan

  1. Everyone knows that Lahore’s Model Town, established in 1922, was the fruition of Dewan Chem Chand’s lifelong dream to see the establishment of a “model” city. Few people know that Advocate Chem Chand’s unshakeable belief in the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity are in fact the values of cooperation upon which the principles of co-operative societies are founded and also the reason why Model Town was established as and still is a Co-operative Society. What fewer people know is that these values of cooperation were first popularized by George Jacob Holyoake (1817-1906), an English social reformer responsible for the co-operative movement and otherwise infamous for the dual distinction of having coined the phrase “secularism” and of being the last person convicted for blasphemy in England.

  2. thanks for uploding this site i am very happy to see this…

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