LAHORE - In line with the vision of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, the governing body of Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has established Ravi Urban Development Agency (RUDA) besides taking a number of other decisions for encouraging construction industry in the city.

The 3rd meeting of the governing body of LDA was held on Monday which was chaired by the Vice-Chairman, LDA, S.M. Imran while Director General, LDA, Ahmad Aziz Tarar briefed the meeting about the compliance status of earlier decisions of authority. The meeting  was attended by Vice-Chairman WASA Sheikh Imtiaz Mehmood, MPA Sadia Sohail Rana from Lahore  and Muhammad Atif from Nankana Sahib,  Major (retired) Syed Burhan Ali, Engineer Amir Riaz Qureshi, MD WASA Syed Zahid Aziz and representatives of provincial departments of Housing, Local Government, Finance and P&D as well as of Commissioner Lahore.

The governing body of LDA decided for setting up RUDA under LDA Act 1975 to exercise all functions under the Act in its area of jurisdiction.

It also constituted a committee, headed by Maj (retired) Syed Burahn Ali, for need assessment to operationalize the agency and to submit the proposed plan within one month. Other members of the committee will include MPA Muhammad Atif from Nankana Sahib and DG LDA, Ahmad Aziz Tarar.

The meeting decided for forwarding a summary to the Punjab Govt for getting cooperation of other relevant departments including Environment Protection Agency, Revenue, etc  for simplifying the procedure for approving new private housing schemes within minimum possible time.

 

 

 

It recommended a check list of documents to be attached, set up timelines for fulfilling various procedural formalities and proposed to depute representatives of other relevant departments at the One Windows Cell of LDA for on-the-spot initial scrutiny of applications for expeditious processing of such cases.

The authority also decided for approving all types of residential as well as commercial building plans within 30 days.  It decided to send a summary to the government for approving timelines and a flow chart for this purpose by taking other relevant departments onboard.

For promoting use of latest technologies in construction of new buildings in the city, the authority allowed adding a new clause in Building and Zoning Regulations 2019 to allow provision of steel structure in all types of construction.

However, in such cases the owners will be required to provide structure stability certificate from the registered structure engineer about the safety of the structure.

The meeting also approved a comprehensive SOPs for taking action against illegal constructions and conversions in the LDA’s controlled area.

It approved distribution of functions among Town Planning wing and Enforcement Directorate by authorizing the Enforcement Directorate for carrying out operations against unlawful constructions on identification of such structures by Directorate of Town Planning.

For attracting maximum number of bidders for the purpose of revenue generation by awarding lease rights of LDA owned properties, the meeting decided for decreasing the amount of earnest money for participating in the auction proceedings besides reducing the amount to be retained by LDA as security deposits for the convenience of successful bidders.

In order to facilitate the government departments to which public utility sites of LDA were allotted on reserve price, the authority decided to enhance the deadline for depositing 30 percent of the  total cost of plot as down payment from 30 days to 90 days from the allotment of plot by the relevant committee.

It also withdrew the rebate of 5 percent in case of lump sum payment of cost of plot by the government department.

The meeting approved Master Plan 2040 0f WASA and decided to make it a part of proposed integrated master plan of LDA.

It also approved SOPs for adjustment of WASA bills for the commercial, industrial and non-residential properties which remained locked and abandoned during lockdown period announced by govt. of the Punjab to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

 The meeting decided for creation of pension fund for WASA employees and amended delegation of powers for authorizing Deputy Director Finance WASA (LDA) for security bills up to Rs 01 lak.