Kala Shah Kako – Backhauling Lahore’s Burdon


It’s a wide known fact, that from past many centuries Lahore holds the status of having prestigious educational institutes and is often mentioned as Educational Capital of Pakistan.

Due to high upsurge in population and raise in literacy levels, more and more people from across Punjab & whole country are moving into Lahore every year to continue their education. This surge has caused a huge burden on all institutes and is also in a way affecting the efforts to increase literacy and improve high quality education.

To solve this issue, Governor Punjab, Khalid Maqbool and his team decided to relocate all the universities out of Lahore. Along with famous Lahore-Islamabad Motorway M-II, Kala Shah Kako has been the lucky place where Govt. of Punjab has allocated 100s acres of lands to different universities. Initial land was allocated to University of Engineering & Technology (UET Lahore) which is now about to starting its classes in Kala Shah Kako sub-campus.

Punjab University has also been asked to use its space at Nindi Poor (in central Punjab) and provide same facilities in those campuses. Not to mention, PU is already maintaining a sub-campus in Gujranwala.

In a latest development, more land has been allotted to following universities:

• Govt. College University, Lahore
• Lahore College for Women University, Lahore

A new agreement has also been arranged in between UET Lahore & SUPARCO; to make a new Joint Space Research Center and Govt. of Punjab will be allocating more 50 Acers of Land in Kala Shah Kako.

As soon as these universities start their classes, there would be a huge social impact – more admission seats available, more consumption of faculty, less traffic burdon in Lahore and better usage of Motorway. Not to mention, it will raise the living standards of people living in Kala Shah Kako and bring many economic activities in their area.

Not to mention, Pak-China are already establishing a huge Industrial Park there along with M-II. After the completion of Motor Way, I believe we have now started moving into right direction to fully utilize its capacity and leave the Lahore centric approach. Same should be done with more industries.

2 Comments so far

  1. V (unregistered) on October 13th, 2007 @ 7:34 pm

    burdon or burden? :)
    I had heard/read about this before in the newspapers. I am personally not in favor of so many campuses in a single area… they should instead be distributed, that would help uplift other areas as well.

  2. binary-zero (unregistered) on October 13th, 2007 @ 10:08 pm

    my bad :) i know i’m not good at spells

    Actually, i spoke with someone in Governors team who presented this idea in a meeting and is being worked on – Kala Shah Kako was chosen due to the fact that its close to GT Road & Motorway & more importantly is close to Lahore and a student/faculty member can easily commute on M-II for like 30-40 minutes for getting to university.

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