LAHORE – Chief Ministers’ Inspection Team has failed to complete inquiry of the case, death of four labourers during LDA’s operation in Board of Revenue Society, even after passing 100 days. Earlier, the Chief Minister issued directions to submit report in seven days after completing investigation of the incident, it is learnt.

It is also learnt that CM’s Secretariat Deputy Secretary Muhammad Masud Anwar written a letter No DS (INFRA) CMS/11/OT-4(W) to CMIT Chairman on October 3 telling him that the CM ordered CMIT to hold an inquiry of the case again after including an expert of Civil Engineering Department of University of Engineering and Technology. However, in compliance with the CM orders, CMIT Chairman assigned task of investigations to member engineering CMIT Sayed Zahid Ali, who in his initial verbal inquiry findings, held LDA officers responsible for the incident. On which, the authorities concerned started a move with the favour of some political influential persons so that they could save such negligent officers who were present on duty at time of incident during the demolition of the building. Finally, they succeeded to stop inquiry process of the case which still is pending and could not be started again, said insiders. They further said the authorities got services of Metropolitan Planning Wing chief Wasim Ahmad Khan for the reconstruction of the building, situated in BOR Society, so that they could delay the inquiry report.

The sources said according to rules and regulations of LDA, after approval of maps, Town Planning Branch is responsible for checking all the illegal constructions in LDA’s approved housing schemes whereas, Custodian Estate Management Directorate has been declared responsible for looking after the matters of the land, reserved for public welfare/interest projects in such housing societies.

Moreover, the control of the sites, reserved for parks, green belts, installation of fountains, construction of sports complexes and other purposes have been transferred to Parks and Horticulture Authority by the provincial government while nobody consulted PHA authorities for demolishing such buildings. The experts were of the view that LDA chief as well as Chief Town Planner Ch Muhammad Akram were not authorised to demolish such buildings. And now, the LDA authorities were trying their best to approve revised plan of the BOR Society for giving such place a legal status, they added.

DG LDA Abdul Jabbar Shaheen, before starting inquiry by CMIT, constituted a four-member inquiry committee headed by Hafiz Ehsanul Haq for probing the case and the committee initially recorded statement of 27 officers of different wings of LDA.

The committee declared Assistant Director of Engineering Wing innocent because he opposed the decision of use of heavy machinery for demolishing the building while committee sent a report to the DG LDA with recommending detailed inquiry unanimously against other officials on duty under PEEDA Act.