Directive to chalk out long-term master plan for Lahore
Minister visits LDA Office
LAHORE: Caretaker Provincial Minister for Housing Saeedullah Baber directed LDA officials for looking into possibility of allowing commercial activities on major roads which had been declared as frozen for this purpose.
He passed these directions during a briefing at the LDA office, Johar Town, on Wednesday.
On his arrival, Minister received by LDA Director General Amna Imran Khan and other officers.
Minister directed for chalking out a long term master plan for Lahore division in view of the influx of population from far along areas of the province and allocating special zones for residential, commercial, educational, industrial and other purposes in the Division.
He underlined the need for rationalizing and modifying building regulations for encouraging construction of high rise buildings in the city, eliminating complaints regarding accumulation of water in basements of buildings situated along busy roads.
Additional Director General (HQ) Samia Saleem informed that Minister in her briefing that a facilitation counter of Punjab Land Record Authority had recently been set up at the One Window Cell of the LDA and working booklets had been prepared for different wings. She told that for looking after service matters of LDA employees and taking care of financial issues and accounts subjects, SAP system had been adopted by the LDA for making it an efficient public service delivery organization.
Additional Director General (Housing) Zeeshan Shabbir Rana informed that minister that property record of fourhousing schemes of LDA including Gulberg, Jubilee Town, LDA Avenue-One and Mustafa Town had been made available on line for processing applications pertaining to plots situated in these scheme in minimum possible time. Computerization of record of Sabazazar Scheme was underway. Computerization of record of Johar Town Scheme would be taken up after that, he added.
He revealed that in view complaints regarding bogus exemption of land in Mustafa Town, files of more than 700 plots in the scheme had been canceled after detailed sifting of land record of the scheme. A reference amounting to Rs. four billion had been set to anti-corruption establishment in this regard, he added.
Chief Engineer, LDA, Mazhar Hussain Khan informed that LDA completed a number of development projects during 2017-18 ,including construction of Beijing under pass, widening of Canal Road and construction of Captain Mubeen Shaheed Underpass at Gurumangat. Work on Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project and Shaukat Khan Chowk Fly over was in progress, he added.
Chief Metropolitan Planner Shakeel Anjum Minhas told that the process for according approval to new housing schemes had been speeded up and more than 50 new schemes had been given a go ahead in recent months while cases of about 179 schemes were under process.
Chief Town Planner Syed Nadeem Akhter Zaidi told that all efforts were being made for strictly enforcing building regulations in LDA controlled area.