LDA to assess property prices thru’ hired firms

LAHORE, Aug 18: The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has decided to hire property evaluating firms to assess market price of properties in its controlled residential and commercial areas as well as to suggest realistic prices for disposal of public utility sites in various housing schemes through an open auction.

The decision was taken in a meeting by LDA Director-General Ahad Cheema here on Saturday.

The initiative had been taken to safeguard ownership rights of the people in residential and commercial areas falling in the limits of LDA-controlled areas.

The LDA has invited applications from interested national tax registered firms having substantial expertise and experience in conducting valuation of property with banking, public and corporate sectors by the first week of September.

The LDA has desired such organizations/companies to be existed in the approved list of the Pakistan Banking Association and having at least five years of experience for conducting evaluation of property for banking, government or corporate sector organizations of similar scale and complexity.

The firms should possess documented evidence of conducting at least 25 valuations of the comparable scale and complexity for all property types.

The firms should have either no-limit, Rs500 million or Rs250 million valuation limit accredited to them by the Pakistan Banking Association.

Holidays cancelled: City District Government of Lahore Administrator Noorul Amin Mengal has cancelled Eid holidays of scores of officials carrying out anti-dengue activities in the city.

Mengal has told heads of various departments to prepare Eid rosters for such employees so that fumigation, larvaciding and other anti-dengue activities continue during Eid holidays. “I will myself supervise anti-dengue campaign in the city,” Mengal said in a statement on Saturday. He said he would take action against those who would not follow the duty roster during holidays.

He said CDGL’s health wing had completed its cleanliness activities in all towns of the city. “Lady health workers, supervisors and sanitary inspectors are making city’s hospitals clean,” he added. Continue reading

NA body concerned over CDA delaying tactics

Islamabad—A parliamentary panel on Cabinet Secretariat expressed concerns over delaying tactics of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) in implementing the NA Standing Committee recommendations. The panel constituted a sub-committee under the chair of MNA Pervez Khan to dig out the matter of allotment of an industrial plot for Ilyas Cold Storage in I-11/1.

The applications for allotment of the industrial plot were first welcomed during 1988 without open auction. As per record presented before the committee by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) official once the plot was allotted to an applicant. But the allotment was cancelled by the chairman as the matter was contrary to the rules and regulations.

It is important to note that Islamabad High Court (IHC) also ordered the CDA board to solve the matter as per bylaws of the authority. The board also conducted several meetings to solve the issue but due to some lacunas it was not solved and currently the matter is with NAB, IHC and now a sub-committee also constituted to over see the reasons of delaying in the allotment.

Meanwhile, the counsel of the applicant informed the committee that his applicant has an allotment letter with him that says the same plot was allotted to some other party on same terms and conditions.—Online Continue reading

Precautionary measures urged during monsoon

ISLAMABAD: Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Farkhand Iqbal on Friday directed the Directorate of Health Services (DHS) to make people aware about the epidemic diseases caused in monsoon. He also called for taking necessary measures to deal with possible spread of such diseases.

The CDA chairman said this while addressing a meeting at the authority’s office.

The DHS director told the chairman that they were already awaring people in the capital about the epidemic diseases caused in monsoon.

The DHS director said that during this season people should be aware of hygiene and food safety precautions.

He also advised people to consume nutritious food and avoid eating out during rainy season.

“Prepare meals with full precaution and maintain health and hygiene in the entire house,” he advised citizens. app Continue reading