LAHORE - Lahore Development Authority collected a sum of Rs2.3412 billion on account of Commercialisation Fee, including Rs2.0012 billion under the head of permanent commercialisation and remaining Rs340 million against annual/temporary commercialisation during the year 2012, achieving the given target of two billion rupees.

As many as 500 properties, which had failed to pay the commercialisation fee despite repeated notices, had been sealed during this period to gear up collection of commercialisation charges from these properties.

Town Planning Wing of LDA disposed off all the 238 applications seeking permanent commercialisation besides taking appropriate action on 168 out of 170 pleas for extension in the permission for annual commercialisation.

 The TP Wing also received a total of 4273 applications for approval of building plans and 817 for issuance of completion certificates of buildings out of which 4244 and 803 were disposed of respectively.

Metropolitan Planning Wing of LDA has shortlisted six international firms, having representation in Pakistan, and invited ‘Technical and Financial Proposals’ from them for preparation of Master Plan 2035 for Lahore. Advertisements for seeking bids from such firms had been published in national and international newspapers in August 2012.

The CMP wing also launched crackdown against 25 out of the 240 approved private housing schemes in the provincial metropolis which had violated the scheme plan approved by LDA, sold the mortgaged plots, carved out plots in public utility sites or illegally extended their schemes without getting necessary approval from LDA.

An unusual awareness campaign was launched for the benefit of buyers of plots in these schemes by prominently publishing advertisements in the newspapers besides setting up a special counter No 3 at LDA’s One Window Cell for providing necessary information to them about the legal status of private housing schemes and plots situated in them.

Marketing and advertisement campaigns by private housing schemes were also closely monitored and their unsubstantiated claims regarding their housing schemes were countered for safeguarding the savings of the intending buyers.

LDA took a number of steps for ensuring completion of development works in these schemes before redemption of plots mortgaged by them. It also adopted measures for executing transfer deed of public utility sites of these schemes in favour of LDA for facilitating their sale through open auction for setting up schools and medical centres in these schemes.

The CMP Wing of LDA has compiled data of the 53 non-approved private housing societies in its controlled area and got registered 1200 cases against such schemes during 2012. LDA also took punitive action against a number of such schemes and demolished their site offices as well boundary walls.

The CMP Wing of LDA also undertook planning and development of Finance and Trade Centre, Johar Town, spreading over an area of 1123 kanals, as per the international standards. A hotel site measuring 118 kanals, situated in the Finance and Trade Centre was auctioned against a sum of Rs2.17 billions.

A total 55312 applications of various natures were submitted by the people at the One Window Cell of LDA during the year 2012. As many as 54191 applications had been disposed off so far. An average of 150 applications had been disposed off daily out of the 153 applications received at the One Window Cell during 2012, at a disposal rate of 98 per cent every day.

Maximum number of applications i.e. 6948 had been received for issuance of transfer letters out of which 6840 had been disposed off. Other applications pertained to issuance of attested copy challan, issuance of attested copy, allocation letter, allotment of plot, building period extension challan, issuance of building period extension, balance dues, change of plot, checking of file, construction of duplicate file, correction/amendment, court orders, duplicate papers challan, excess area challan, exemption approval, exemption challan, exemption letter, final demand notice, gift transfer, legal heirs, lein marking, NOC challan, NOC issuance, PTM issuance, PTM Challan, physical possession, placement of documents challan, placement of documents issue, possession order, publication challan, publication issue, release of mortgaged plots, reminder, reply to notice, site plan, stay order, sub division challan, sub division issue, urgent transfer challan, urgent transfer issue and verification of documents.

The Security Featured Documents Cell of LDA issued a total 16417 documents of 14 different natures including allocation letter, completion letter, physical possession delivery, entitlement letter, exchange letter, exemption letter, legal heirs, ownership requisition, PTN, physical possession, possession order, qabza patwari, sanction plan and transfer letter during 2012.

The Engineering Wing of LDA completed construction of 3.4 kilometers long Bhogiwal Road from GT Road to Band Road at a cost of Rs580 million during 2012. The 1.5 kilometers long Link Road from Bhogiwal Road to China Road, Gujjar Pura was constructed at a cost of Rs60 million. Improvement of 1.5 kilometers long road from Model Bazar Gujjar Pura to Chota Ravi Drain cost Rs17 million. The project for construction of road from Neelam Block Allama Iqbal Town to Multan Road, along Khrak Drain, was accomplished at a cost of Rs142 million.

Improvement and widening of the 3.75 kilometers long Khyban-e-Firdousi, from Showk Chowk to Shoukat Khanum Hospital, was carried out at a cost of Rs120 million. An amount of Rs110 million was spent on the improvement and widening of 3 kilometers long Abu Al-Hassan Isfahani  Road from Akbar Chowk to demolished roundabout of  Faisal Town near Jinnah Hospital. Work on two kilometers long under-construction road from Wapda Town Round About to Hakim Chowk was also near completion at a cost of Rs120 million.

Lahore Development Authority also carried out repair, maintenance and construction of internal roads in various housing schemes including Johar Town, Sabazazar, Garden Town, Gulberg, Faisal town, Garden Town and LDA Avenue-I.