The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) governing body has approved budget for LDA and its subordinate agencies, the Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) and the Traffic Engineering and Transport Planning Agency (Tepa) for the year 2012-2013.
This was announced on Thursday following a meeting with LDA Vice Chairman Aamir Asgher Dar in the chair.
The meeting was also attended by LDA Director General Ahad Khan Cheema, Wasa Managing Director Mian Abdullah, LDA Additional Director General Maryam Kiayani, Tepa Chief Engineer Saeed Akhter, LDA Chief Engineer Asrar Saeed, LDA Finance Director Zaheer Asghar Rana, Tepa Administration and Finance Director Chaudhry Aftab Majeed and several representatives of Local Government, Finance, Housing and Planning and Development Departments and administrators of the nine constituent towns of the city district government.
A statement issued later said that the resources were estimated at Rs39.98 billion. Of these Rs31.66 billion were allocated for development works.
Total resources of LDA in 2012-2013 have been estimated at Rs11.90 billion against the expected expenditures of Rs11.243 billion, including Rs8.9 billion on development.
An estimated Rs2.5 billion will be spent on the Lahore Roads Rehabilitation Programme (LRRP). This will include construction of new roads at a cost of Rs1.1 billion. The remaining Rs1.30 billion will be spent on the on-going road constructions and restoration schemes.
Roads to be constructed under this programme include the road from Johar Town’s Block-E to Doctors’ Hospital at a cost of Rs250 million. A road along Khamba Distributor (from Nursery Chowk to southern bypass in Johar Town) will also be constructed at a cost of Rs150 million. Construction of road from Allama Iqbal Town’s Neelam Block to Multan Road along Kharak Drain will cost Rs142 million. LDA will spend Rs1.50 billion on the development of infrastructure and facilities like water supply and provision of electricity in housing schemes for government employees in LDA Avenue-1.
In addition, Rs550 million will be spent on the development of Trade and Finance Centre and Rs170 million for the construction of a sports complex at Block D-2, both in Johar Town. Construction of Al-Madina road from Maulana Shaukat Ali Road to Barkat Chowk will cost Rs192.8 million. The Community Centre at Garden Town will be built at a cost of Rs183 million. Pedestrian bridges to Model Bazaar in Gujjarpura will be built with Rs30 million. LDA has allocated Rs500 million for the construction of a parking plaza at Moon Market in Allama Iqbal Town.
The Authority has also reserved Rs350 million for priority works and Rs462.7 million for routine maintenance and improvement work in completed housing schemes.
Wasa has been allocated Rs5.12 billion for the current fiscal year,including Rs1.14 billion for development schemes.
The expenditures include improvement and rehabilitation drains along Multan Road at a cost Rs 250 million; establishment of the Punjab Water Sanitation Academy, Lahore (Rs55 million); covering of Cantt Drain that passes through the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (Rs53 million); provision of water supply, sewerage and drainage in UC 117,118,119 and 120 (Rs50 million); replacement of old water supply lines under the Gastro Project Phase-II (Rs50 million); a block allocation for initiation of Waste Water Treatment Plant Project in the city (Rs50 million); work on on-going schemes (Rs313.36 million); restoration of a 40-foot original cross section of Sattukatla Drain from Ferozepur Road to PECO Road (Rs100 million) and a Japanese funded water supply, sewerage and drainage improvement projects (Rs75 million).
For Tepa, a Rs22.95 billion budget has been approved against its estimated expenditure of Rs21.92 billion, including development works worth Rs21.62 billion.
The projects include the execution of Bus Rapid Transit System (Rs1.98 billion); construction of an underpass at railway crossing on MS Ali Road (Rs249 million); improvement of the seven-kilometre Maulana Shaukat Ali Road from the Canal to Ferozepur Road through PECO Road (Rs75 million); construction of the road from Khayaban-i-Jinnah to Valencia Town Phase-I (Rs68.77 million); and maintenance, repair, installation and upgrade of traffic signals (Rs56.7 million).
Published in The Express Tribune, July 13th, 2012.
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