The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has decided to undertake nine infrastructure projects in the city at a total cost of Rs1.104 billion.
The LDA governing body met on Tuesday and approved the projects. They include the construction of a two-kilometre road from Johar Town’s E Block to Doctors’ Hospital at a cost of Rs235.32 million; the widening and improvement of Punjab University Road from the flower shops to the Canal bridge at a cost of Rs93.74 million; the widening and improvement of the 1.5km Al Madina Road, Sector B-I, Quaid-i-Azam Town, at a cost of Rs192.86 million; the improvement and carpeting of the road from Liaqat Chowk to Kharak Drain, Sabzazar Scheme, at a cost of Rs35 million; the installation of streets lights at Jinnah Avenue from Shaukat Khanum Hospital Chowk to Raiwind Road at a cost of Rs68.10 million; the construction of a 1.5km road along Khamba Distributory from Nursery Chowk to the Southern Bypass, Johar Town, at a cost of Rs150 million; the construction of bridge at Chhota Ravi Drain near Model Bazaar, Gujjarpura Scheme, at a cost of Rs41.58 million; the rehabilitation and improvement of Peco Road from the Peco roundabout to Lahore Bridge, Ferozepur Road, at a cost of Rs202.895 million; and the restructuring of the Lal Pul Intersection on Canal Bank Road near Harbanspura at a cost of Rs85.235 million.
The governing body also decided to adopt a Finance Department notification granting an adhoc relief allowance of 20 per cent of basic pay to civil servants and another notification increasing pensions. It also allowed the appointment of a director for computer services on a contract basis and the regularisation of the father of a Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) work-charge employee who died while de-silting a sewage line
LDA Vice Chairman Amir Asgher Dar, Wasa Vice Chairman Haji Muhammad Sharif, LDA Director General Ahad Khan Cheema, Chief Metropolitan Planner Waseem Ahmad Khan, Additional Director General (Housing) Muhammad Usman, Traffic Engineering and Planning Agency Chief Engineer Saeed Akhter, LDA Chief Engineer Asrar Saeed, representatives of the Local Government, Housing, and administrators of the nine constituent towns of the city district.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 8th, 2012.