Started 25 years back by the Peshawar Development Authority (PDA), Regi Model
Town project has yet to see the light of the day—thanks to the successive
provincial governments who failed to materialize the biggest housing project of
the provincial metropolis.
dispute with the locals besides construction of an approach road are stated to
be the main obstacles in the way of this mega 27,000-house project. “Actually,
this land was not properly acquired by PDA” said Ali Akbar, vice chairman of
the Movement for Saving Regi Model Town. Had it been acquired properly there
would have been no disputes, he added.
claims of the residents of Regi village and its adjacent Kokikhel tribe over
the land could be addressed if the government was serious to resolve the issue.
This is why, Ali Akbar said, two zones of the project—Zone 2 and Zone 5—stand
disputed. However, there is no controversy over 1,3,4 zones of the housing
from land disputes, there is no direct approach road to the township. Earlier,
a link road through Kacha Garhi was planned as without this road the project
will be a sheer failure.
the last 24 years, the cost of the project has also increased manifold. At the
time of planning its estimated cost was Rs. 7 billion but now it has jumped to
Rs. 35 billion.
that is the reason PDA is not building any school, hospital, or playground in
the undisputed zones, said Arsala Khan, a member of the Movement for Saving
Regi Model Town.
in 1991, the project came to the limelight in 2000, when Malik Saad, then PDA
director general, accelerated development work on Regi, restoring the
confidence of the people to invest in this township. However, his transfer from
to another department once again delayed the much-needed project.
in 2008, the Awami National Party (ANP) government also demonstrated lack of
political will to continue development work on this project and resolve land
disputes. Instead, they floated the idea of establishing a new housing
residents of Peshawar pinned high hopes on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)
government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to treat this project fairly as they came in
power with a slogan of change and good governance. But so far no significant
progress on this project could be witnessed. However, like previous
governments, PTI has also constituted a committee to resolve land disputes.
was expected that after successfully handling Hayatabad Township to owners, the
PDA will be able to make this biggest housing project a success but the dream
is yet to be materialized.