LAHORE, Nov 19 (APP): Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif said there was a need to take immediate measures for facilitating the citizens and that institutional system should be further improved for the purpose.
He said this while presiding over fifth meeting of Governing Body of
Lahore Development Authority (LDA) on Saturday which took a number of important decisions for the provision of better services and facilities
to the citizens.
He said time had come to take stern action under the law against such elements which loot the hard earned money of the people by developing illegal housing societies.
He said the elements involved in fraud with the people deserve no leniency and they should be put behind the bars.
Shehbaz Sharif directed to evolve a consolidated master plan of Lahore Division and said immediate measures should be taken for setting up development authorities in those cities which were rapidly developing as it would help in provision of better services to the citizens.
He said a roadmap should be evolved immediately with regard to
establishment of development authorities and international consultants be selected for drainage and sanitation projects in Lahore and other big cities.
He directed that a comprehensive planning should be made for resolving parking and encroachment problems.
He issued instructions for setting up a sub committee for amendments
with regard to delegation of some powers to Additional Director General of the authority and said a consolidated system should be devised for giving technical allowance to engineers on the basis of efficiency.
Director General LDA gave a detailed briefing regarding efficiency of LDA and provision of facilities to the citizens.
The meeting also granted approval for setting up sub offices of LDA
at Sheikhupura, Nankana Sahib and Kasur as well as decided to take indiscriminate action against those setting up illegal housing societies.
It was also decided to conduct a survey regarding illegal construction and non construction of buildings on plots within stipulated period.
The meeting decided to develop land on both sides of Sherpao Bridge
for commercial purposes and select best consultants for this purpose as well as develop business and financial model.
It was also decided in the meeting to take action against those who
got double payments of plots from LDA and National Highway Authority in 80s as well as proceed against officers and staff at that time who made these payments.
Khawaja Ahmed Hasaan, Members Provincial Assembly Rana Muhammad
Arshad, Yaqoob Nadeem, Bao Akhtar Ali, Arif Khan Sandhila, Secretary
Local Government, Secretary Housing, Commissioner Lahore Division and other members of Governing Body attended the meeting.