LAHORE - The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has proved itself mightier than courts as it bulldozed a number of buildings on 125 kanal land costing Rs8 billion against stay orders at LDA avenue I housing scheme along Raiwind Road. In the past LDA tried to do the same and faced contempt of court. However this time LDA succeeded in its designs. LDA took physical possession of the land and deputed its security guards with immediate effect. Before launching the move, LDA did not bother to serve warning notices to the legal occupants, strengthening the impression that LDA has turned powerful hooligan. LDA initiated the demolition operation claiming that the buildings were the stumbling-block in the pace of development work in 125 kanal land acquired by LDA in the scheme. The move would help LDA to gear up its development plan, LDA senior official told The Nation seeking anonymity. He said the LDA has been given a green single by the higher authorities to do extra judicial exercise whenever it found that courts orders might hamper the development works. LDA has to violate courts orders under immense compulsion. Development work in LDA Avenue I scheme has been stalling over the last 8 years as 2800 kanal land (125 kanal land where operation carried out) was still under litigations. Since the launch of scheme, a number of stay orders came up and court could not decide the cases, he elaborated. He said that move was materialized as there was no other way but to demolish the buildings despite stay orders. He said that there could be no consequences more than facing contempt of court. And contempt of court was a routine matter brining nothing to be cautioned, he added. He said the move was necessary as LDA DG Umer Rasool was scheduled to visit the scheme and review the development work on the directives of big wigs of the government. As per details, LDA Director Avenue I Housing Scheme Ishtiaq Ch, Director Enforcement Adnan Shahid, Deputy Director Avenue I and Enforcement Shahid Ismaeel Mirza, Deputy Director Legal M Rashid, Legal Advisor Syed Rayeesuddin, Deputy Director (Engineering) Zafar Iqbal, Estate Officer Nisar Ahmed, Patwari Iqbal Joiya, staff of directorate of enforcement and police personnel joined the operation. The 125 kanal lands situated on Khasra number 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 220, 221, 225, 226, 227, 228,232, 233 at Moza Bhabotian learnt the property of Haleema Bibi. LDA claimed to have acquired the land. But owner of the property got stay order from civil court. It may be recalled the City District Government Lahore launched the LDA Avenue I housing scheme comprising 17000 kanal land at Raiwing Road in 2002 in order to cater the growing residential needs of government employees of low-income group.