The City District Government (CDGL) has sent around 3,000 notices to buildings in commercial use for non-payment of conversion fees, The Express Tribune has learnt.
They are also set to start an operation in two towns; Data Ganj Baksh Town and Ravi Town. The CDGL has set a recovery target of Rs200 million for the current year. In 2011-2012, the CDGL had managed to recover only Rs120 million having set itself a Rs800 million target. CDGL sources put the short fall down to to handing over Jail Road and Ferozepur Road to the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) on October 26 2010.
Muhammad Masood Tamanna, the municipal services EDO, told The Express Tribune that an operation to seal commercial buildings that had not paid conversion fees would be launched from Data Ganj Baskh Town and Ravi Town. He said that 500 notices had been served in Data Ganj Baksh Town while 122 notices had been served in Ravi Town.
“Almost all high revenue roads have been transferred to LDA,” Tamanna said. “Surveys were being conducted on commercial activity on these road when they were transferred.” He said that the CDGL had also decided to collect some of the targeted commercialisation fees for 2011-12 in two years.
Separately, the LDA in a statement on Tuesday said that the LDA Town Planning Wing staff had recovered a record Rs2.17 billion in commercialisation fees against a target of Rs1.5 billion for the year 2011-12.
An LDA official expecting anonymity rejected the CDGL claim. He said that the largest chunk of the fees recovered was from Gulberg, Township and Garden Town.
He said that the LDA had declared Gulberg a commercial zone at the end of January 2012 which had helped generate the record revenue. He said that the LDA now had 58 commercial roads under it.
“Jail Road and Ferozepur Road only contributed about five per cent of the revenue,” the official said.
Published In The Express Tribune, June 20th, 2012.