LAHORE, July 9: District Coordination Officer Noorul Amin Mengal said on Monday the City District Government of Lahore would take strict action against those extorting money from traders, shopkeepers or any businessman in the city.
“As protecting rights of citizens and facilitating them during routine business is prime responsibility of the CDGL, we will not allow anybody to take “Bhata” (extortion money) from anyone in the city. And if any complaint is received in this regard, we will not spare ‘Bhata mafia’ (extortionists),” the DCO expressed these views while responding to queries in a meet-the-press programme at the Lahore Press Club.
The DCO said 25 Ramazan Bazaars and more than 200 dastar khwans would be set up in Lahore during this holy month.
“We have increased the number of fair price shops from 600 to 1,000 for Ramazan,” he said, adding the role of the media for elimination of polio and dengue was appreciable. He said he had taken action against profiteers, illegal slaughtering, sheesha cafes, illegal constructions, parking stands and adulteration with the support of the media since he assumed charge as DCO some two months ago.
He said the CDGL had prepared an action plan for monsoon season, eradication of dengue and polio. It would also take action against beggars as various proposals in this regard were under study.
He said as the overall development budget of the CDGL was Rs6 billion during the last fiscal year, it utilised all the funds except special package/sectoral programme of local MNAs/MPAs under which 97 per cent of the allocated funds were used.
He said during the current fiscal, the city district government would allocate more funds for less-privileged areas of the city as compared to the last year. He said during monsoon, the ongoing projects, including the Metro Bus Rapid Project, would continue. The bus project would be operational by November, he said. He said citizens were facing problems due to this project, but they would enjoy constant comfort in near future. He said an effective legislation against selling of chemicals was the need of the hour.
LPC President Arshad Ansari and finance secretary Afzaal Talib were also present on the occasion.
ACTION: The district coordination officer on Monday sought action against the officials who showed poor performance and negligence during the last anti-polio campaign.
He directed the health EDO to issue show-cause notices to the negligent officials.
Presiding over a meeting with Unicef representatives and CDGL officials, he directed the officials to update micro plans for anti-polio campaign.
The DCO said the officials should ensure maintaining a proper liaison with the media for the next anti-polio drive.
LAND RETRIEVED: Lahore Development Authority’s estate management wing on Monday retrieved a precious piece of land in Shadman that was allotted for establishing a charity hospital in 1988, but was being illegally utilised for commercial purposes for long.
Supervised by Estate Management Director Muhammad Numan Khan and Director (Enforcement) Khwaja Javed Aslam, the LDA staff in an operation demolished a car showroom that had illegally been set up on plot No 453 (Block-A, Shadman) measuring three kanals, 10 marlas and 137sqft.
According to an LDA spokesman, the building plan for constructing a three-storey hospital/building was got approved by the LDA in 1989 and permission to mortgage was also obtained from the authority for making arrangements for the resources required for the construction of this building.
The period granted for construction on the plot expired in 1998. However, neither the hospital building was constructed nor the accused persons submitted any application to LDA for grant of an extension in the period.
The LDA had also cancelled allotment of the plot, the spokesman said.
PROMOTION: On the recommendation of the LDA Departmental Promotion Committee, as many as 13 officials have been promoted to Grade-16.
Meanwhile, Assistant Director (General Cadre) Humaira Sharif, presently working in Directorate of the Estate Management (Avenue-1 scheme), has been transferred and posted as deputy director (coordination) in the Directorate of Administration.
She will be stationed at the Johar Town office and will act as a liaison officer among various LDA wings.