LAHORE - The CDGL and LDA will jointly put in motion the next month the demolition plan to completely bulldoze around 169 commercial plazas and buildings constructed in sheer violation of the building by-laws in five towns under the recommendations laid down by the High-Level Commission constituted by the Supreme Court (SC). The authority concerned has recently floated tenders for pre-qualification of firms to bulldoze the illegal and high-rising buildings. And in this regard, only those companies that will meet the specifications will be selected for the task. Sources in the LDA revealed that the process of pre-qualification that was started last week would be completed by the end of June. After that, the demolition plan to raze the illegal buildings was expected to start in July, they added. The sources informed that since the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) and City District Government Lahore (CDGL) lacked heavy machinery and other infrastructure to execute the demolition plan, they have no option other than hiring the services of private firms through pre-qualification procedure. The sources said that contrary to the past, this time the cost for the demolition would be paid by the owners of the illegal commercial buildings instead of the LDA. They said the authority concerned during the year 2007 hired the contractors to pull down Ahsan Tower and Masood Hospital and it had to pay around Rs 20 million by itself. They informed that 3-member SC High-Level Commission comprising Justice (r) Riaz Kiyani, architect Kamal Khan Mumtaz and University of Engineering and Technology VCs nominee Tahir Ahmad had recommended to demolish 72 buildings in Ravi Town, 25 in Data Gunj Buksh Town, 10 in Gulberg Town, 33 in Shalimar Town and 29 in Aziz Bhatti Town. The Commission inspected 170 out of 645 buildings during its survey and found 51 buildings constructed against the by-laws. It suggested to demolish 25 buildings completely while partially the rest of the others. The Commission inspected 74 constructions in Ravi Town and observed that 72 buildings had been built transgressing the rules and regulation. It inspected 78 buildings in Gulberg Town, found 46 buildings against the by-laws and recommended to demolish 10 buildings completely and partially demolish 36 buildings. The Commission inspected 3 buildings of Nishtar Town and found all of them constructed in line with the stipulated rules. It surveyed 168 buildings and recommended to demolish 33 completely and 3 buildings partially. During the inspection of 50 buildings in Aziz Bhatti Town, the Commission recommended to demolish 29 buildings completely and 8 buildings partially. It may be recalled that the LDA had planned to pull down 45 high-rising buildings and partially demolish 150 others constructed against the building by-laws under the recommendations of commission in 2008. But the plan could not make any headway due to he judicial crisis that lingered on till March 2009. Forty-five illegal high-rising buildings that are demolish-able included: 15 at Model Town and Link Road, 5 in Gulberg, 6 in PIA Housing Society, 2 in Johar Town, 4 in Shah Alam, 3 on Peco Road controlled area and 2 situated in Allama Iqbal Town. The famous among these constructions are Al-Hafeez Plaza, China Market, Akram Complex, Telenor Office, Tariq Complex, Booni Mall, Zainab Tower, New Liberty Tower, Al-Rehman Medical Complex, Khan Arcade, Khan Shopping Centre and Raabi Centre. While, those 150 illegal high-rising plazas that had been planned to be partially demolish in Gulberg included Hemain Tower, Hassan Town, Ijaz Centre, Macca Tower, Jeff Height, Mega Tower, Ashrafi Height, Rehman Tower, Zarina Tower, Lak Hotel, Hotel Building, Variety Book Shop, Leads Centre, Askari Bank, SS House and Siddique Trade Centre. Other illegal plazas included: 75 in Gulshan-e-Ravi Scheme, 30 in Johar Town, 12 in PIA Housing Society, 3 each in Samag Berg, Garden Town, Samanabad and one each in Faisal Town, New Garden Town and LDA controlled area.