Dera Ismail Khan often abbreviated to D.I.Khan, is a city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan. It is situated on the west bank of the Indus River, 200 miles west of Lahore and 120 miles northwest of Multan. The city is the capital of the district and tehsil of the same name. The total population of the city is 86,969 according to census 1998.
D.I.Khan is famous for its lacquered woodwork, glass and ivory ware, mats and sarongs. Newer industries within the city inculde sugar, soap, textile and oil milling. CRBC Canal is the major canal that provides water for irrigation. One of the most famous product of the district is the "Dhakki Date", which is exported to the Middle East, United States, and Europe. The district also produces wheat, sugar cane, rice and famous variety of mango called the langra.
A review of the land use shows change from agriculture to housing occurring between the city and the by-pass. Agricultural land parcels are being sub-divided and converted into plot for housing. Plot owners are leaving about 3'-6' space on sides for circulation and services. This space is too little for good ventilation and environmental controls. Over time, this housing scheme may become congested and commercialized and turn into slums. Are we letting the larger part of Mingora become a slum?
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