LDA takes possession of 8,000 kanals

Authority has taken possession of 61% of land required for LDA City project

Our Correspondent May 14, 2019
Authority has taken possession of 61% of land required for LDA City project. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has taken possession of 8,000 kanal out of 13,000 kanal required to deliver plots to file holders.

This was revealed during a meeting held to review progress regarding land acquisition for LDA City. The meeting was chaired by LDA Director General Amna Imran Khan who expressed her satisfaction over the ongoing development work. She also directed officials concerned to complete the bidding process for the scheme as soon as possible.

During the meeting, it was revealed that the authority has taken possession of 61% of the land required for the scheme. Further, it was added that LDA is trying to acquire the remaining land on a priority basis. The authority is in the process of preparing a proposal for the procurement of the remaining land on a priority basis for which Rs1 billion will be allocated.

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Earlier, LDA Additional Director General Rana Tikka Khan chaired a supervisory board meeting. During the meeting, it was highlighted that the authority’s governing body has allocated Rs1.2 billion for development work under the scheme. Meanwhile, work on 2,000 kanal has already begun and will be completed in three-months.

The apex court has given the authority eight months to complete all development projects, beginning from January 21. According to the directions issued by the court, the authority will submit a detailed report of development activities on a monthly basis, said an official.

Last month, the apex court directed that a committee be constituted to ensure provision of land or compensation to file holders.

The court issued this directive during a suo motu hearing at the Lahore registry. Former chief justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar stated that if the LDA City case did not involve widows and orphans, all bureaucrats and development companies associated with the project would have been jailed.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 14th, 2019.


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