LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said the government will lay hand on the 'big-fish involved in the construction of illegal plazas and commercial buildings in the City. The chief minister said this while addressing a high level meeting held at Chief Ministers Secretariat to review action against illegally constructed big plazas, here Monday. Commissioner, DCO Lahore, DG LDA as well senior officers concerned were present on the occasion. The chief minister said illegal high-rise buildings had marred the beauty of the provincial metropolis and officers and staff of departments concerned were equally involved in the construction of these plazas. He said action should be taken, in the first phase, against such big-fishes, as had constructed illegal plazas after misappropriating billions of rupees of public money. He also ordered stern action against officers and staff of Lahore Development Authority (LDA) and City District Government (CDG) who had been involved in the construction of illegal plazas. He further directed departments concerned to submit a comprehensive plan with regard to the timeframe and action taken against high-rise buildings. He was of the view that haphazard and illegal construction of multi-storey buildings had completely changed the landscape of the provincial metropolis and safety features had not been kept in view in the construction of high-rise buildings, which could result in a tragedy. He said services of the companies having necessary skill should be acquired for demolishing multi-storey edifices so as to check possibility of lose of human lives and only illegally constructed storeys should be demolished without causing damage to the remaining structure. He said in the first stage action should be taken against only big plazas while in the second phase action should be taken against smaller plazas where minor violations had been made in the construction work. He said negotiations should be held with the owners of small plazas with the consultation of elected representatives and they should be persuaded to demolish such illegal plazas by themselves. He also ordered for making necessary amendments in the construction by-laws to the benefit of citizens and beautification of the City. He maintained staff of concerned departments had been involved in the construction of illegal plazas and such officials should be identified and proceeded against. He further directed that steps should be taken for purging these departments of corrupt officers and staff. He also ordered that an inquiry should be initiated against the officers and staff of LDA involved in the construction of illegal plazas and a report be submitted to him within two weeks. He directed DCO Lahore to ensure that no illegal commercial plaza would be constructed in the City in future. He also directed DG LDA and DCO Lahore to undertake categorisation of illegal plazas in the City and present a comprehensive plan with regard to the timeframe and action taken against them. He said action against big plazas should be completed expeditiously. He said he would again hold a meeting in this regard next week. Commissioner and DCO Lahore and Director General LDA gave a detailed briefing regarding illegal plazas and action taken against them. They informed that the officials involved in the illegal construction of plaza were also been proceeded against. DG LDA informed that in the first phase action was being taken against 21 multi-storey buildings and services of experienced companies in demolition work had been acquired. He said LDA teams were working round the clock for demolishing illegal plazas. DCO Lahore informed that action would be taken in the first phase against 147 plazas whereas a total number of 474 plazas have been identified for this purpose.