MULTAN

The district administration have decided to constitute a committee to review the issue of illegal constructions in the district besides issuing order for action against 20 more illegal housing schemes. The committee will be headed by the District Coordination Officer while the members include Assistant Commissioner concerned, Director Town Planning MDA, DO Special Planning, TMO concerned, EDO Municipal Services and representatives of traders as well as public. The committee will review the case of each plaza, market and shop on individual basis and take decisions on merit. Meanwhile, DCO Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah has taken serious notice of illegal constructions on Bosan Road and directed the authorities concerned to get construction of illegal shops and plazas stopped forthwith. Chairing a meeting of officials of MDA and other concerned departments, the DCO said that Multan was a beautiful historic city but illegal and ill-planned constructions distorted its beauty. He maintained that plazas and big buildings were constructed in the city without approval of construction map as a result of which the citizens faced serious traffic problems.He pointed out that the total number of illegal housing schemes in the area of MDA rose to 46 from 26. He declared that the boundary walls and gates of all those schemes would be demolished where no house is constructed so far while notices would be issued to other illegal schemes for bringing them in legal net. He added that the owners of illegal plazas and shops deprived just MDA of about Rs250 million while the loss incurred on other government departments was additional. He said that multi-storey buildings were erected on Bosan Road between Chungi No-9 and Lutafabad without approval of construction plan while land was included in commercial projects illegally. He added the owners of illegal housing schemes deprived innocent citizens of their money as these schemes lacked all basic facilities. He said that the owners of illegal housing schemes made away with heavy fortunes while the government had to spend millions of rupees on their sewerage and roads.15 farmers to get subsided laser levellers: The Punjab Government is going to give laser levellers to 15 farmers of Multan district on highly subsidised rate under Punjab Irrigated Agricultural Productivity Improvement Project. Sources said that a total of 220 farmers submitted their applications for the levellers out of which 15 won the levellers through ballot. The Punjab Government offers Rs225000 subsidy to each farmer on leveller under this scheme. Sources said that another 15 farmers are put in waiting list and they might get the levellers later on.Sources said that a total of 128 farmers submitted application from Tehsil Multan out of which eight got the levellers. Similarly, as many as 50 farmers applied from Shujabad Tehsil and three were selected while four out of 42 applicants from Jalalpur Pirwala qualified for the scheme. Meanwhile, the EDO Agriculture Sardar Akbar has directed the ballot winners to deposit the payable amount within 10 days for timely delivery of laser levellers.