LAHORE - The stage is set for a close finish between Kardar and Khalid Ikram panels as both the parties have intensified campaigns for Model Town Society's elections to be held on March 1. The old rivals, both former Presidents MTS, have intensified their respective campaigns, using all methods including corner meetings, going door to door for canvassing and distributing handbills inscribed with manifestoes, past performance and future planning. Former Nazim Union Council no 127 and winner of last election for President MTS, Col (r) Tahir Hussain Kardar is presenting his performance during the past three years and future planning to woo voters. Kardar, a close aide of District Nazim Mian Amer Mahmood, is approaching voters with the plea that he and his team done unprecedented development and another opportunity could do a lot for the betterment of Model Town. Khalid Ikram, also a former President MTS who lost the previous election to Tahir Kardar, is contesting election this time on a number of issues, which according to him were completely ignored by the previous administration. Khalid Ikram wanted to shift all offices of sensitive agencies out of Society, cancellation of agreement with MAKRO, stoppage of commercialisation of residential areas, constitution of Education and Health Boards after taking back educational institutions and dispensary from the city district government and their uplift, constitution of Sports Board, uplift of parks and approaching the government to exempt Model Town from Registry Fee as it was causing double taxation. In March 1 election, members MTS will elect President, Vice President and two representatives each from their respective 10 blocks for managing committee in direct elections. The members managing committee will then elect representatives for 10 sub committees for different departments. Talking to The Nation, Khalid Ikram said he wanted to make Model Town a financially viable society that could create economic resources at its own. He said the previous administration earned money by selling assets but he would take practical measures to boost indigenous financial resources. Referring to the agreement with MAKRO, Ikram said he would undo all the steps taken by the previous administration against the wishes and interests of the residents. Tahir Kardar expressed hope that the residents would keep in mind performance of his team during the past three years. He said he was also presenting his future planning to convince voters. He said the government was doing audit of the society accounts through Punjab Local Fund Audit, which was against rules. He said the audit of the society has already completed but the fresh audit was underway as part of propaganda campaign. He said he was not afraid of audit but such steps should be taken in good faith and at the right time. Model Town is one of the Lahore's best localities where many business tycoons, retired senior army officers, parliamentarians, diplomats, senior bureaucrats and political leaders like former Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif, federal and provincial ministers and District Nazim Mian Amer Mahmood live. Established by Barrister Diwan Karam Chand in 1922, Model Town is the sub continent's oldest affluent locality. The barrister's scheme called for the purchase of 1,000 acres of agricultural land within six to seven miles from the main city to build a suburban town with all modern facilities. The town was planned to have 1,000 houses accommodating 5,000 people and to be categorised into four kanal A class plots, two and a half kanal B class plots and one and a half kanal C class plots. Delay in the land acquisition deferred the construction of the society. Allotments were first made in 1924 in a transparent manner. By 1930, 834 plots were purchased by the upper middle class. MTS was registered under the Cooperative Societies Act 1925 in 1961 and functioned under the act for twenty years before its affairs were handed over to government-appointed administrators under the Martial Law Order on March 30, 1982. The society was revived by an LHC judgment in 1996 and an election for the society's office bearers was ordered. The elections were held in 2002 when the judgment took effect.