ADB is supporting the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in developing the Regional Development Plans (RDPs) for Peshawar, Abbottabad and Swat regions through engaging international and national experts. The RDPs aim to provide a strategic multi-sectoral plan that identifies the comparative advantages of these regions and a 25 year investment plan for the component cities, i.e., Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat, Abbottabad and Mingora. The RDPs will prioritise key sub-sectors, including water supply, environmental sanitation, solid waste management, tourism, cultural heritage, smart city, urban green spaces and amenities, other municipal services, and urban mobility and regional connectivity. Particular emphasis shall be given to key drivers that promote sustainable urban and economic development.
Due to COVID-19, the pace of work on RDPs slowed down. However, the team has developed preliminary drafts of RDPs using secondary data and sources. This is a work in progress that will evolve and become more refined in light of the outcome of stakeholder consultations and the field visits.