Land use: Housing on agri-land to be referred to 2nd committee


Members of a committee formed to delineate peripheral urban areas discussed the challenges of displacing housing schemes built illegally in agricultural areas at their second meeting on Monday.

The committee was formed recently to “ensure that agriculture land/green areas are saved at reasonable levels to provide oxygen to congested localities,” according to a city government notification.

The meeting on Monday, chaired by Aslam Mughal, president of the Institute of Planners Pakistan, considered which housing schemes should be allowed to remain and which should not.

Masood Tamanna, the executive district officer for municipal services and a member of the committee, told The Express Tribune that any housing scheme adjudged to be in an agricultural area will be referred to a conflict resolution committee.

At the meeting, some members suggested that rather than declaring certain green regions as agricultural areas, they should be declared protected environmental protected zones, because agricultural areas could be easily denotified and converted to commercial or residential areas.

Tamanna later told The Tribune that this proposal was not viable as the there was no such classification in the land use rules. “The area has to be declared an agricultural area in order for it to be protected,” he said.

A committee member said that housing schemes built on agricultural land more than three years ago would be legally difficult to displace, since before the Land Use Rules of 2009, the status of such schemes was a grey area.

However, Tamanna dismissed this concern, saying that there were land use rules before 2009 too.

The Lahore Development Authority recently declared 101 housing schemes in the city illegal for violating zoning rules. The city government has stopped the transfer of property in these housing schemes by freezing the issuance of No Objection Certificates from the District Office of Special Planning which was not given. Continue reading

Pir Wadhai flyover cost rises

RAWALPINDI: The department of the government of the Punjab responsible for constructing avenues has sent a letter to P&D for approving the initial cost of Pir Wadhai flyover and underpass. The initial cost of the project has been set at Rs 1,680 million instead of Rs 1,650 million.

Sources said a meeting was held on Monday under the chairmanship of Communication and Construction Secretary Azam Suleman in which the progress of Chohar Chowk project was also assessed. It is expected that the chowk project will be completed by September 25. online Continue reading

Plots distribution to rural homeless from 10th

On the directive of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, distribution of plots to homeless people under the Jinnah Abadi Scheme in rural areas throughout the province will start from September 10 and continue until September 25. A spokesman of the Board of Revenue, while announcing the schedule for the distribution of 33,803 plots in 20 districts of the province, said the maximum number of plots (6,717) would be distributed in Sargodha. Continue reading

Check on housing schemes City’s peri-urban areas will be mapped

LAHORE, Sept 3: Participants in a meeting of the newly-constituted Peri-Urban Areas Identification Committee on Monday decided to start mapping of such areas around the city in order to control mushroom growth of private housing schemes in agriculture zones.

The peri-urban areas mean the land/localities that are contiguous to urban areas with low population density, being predominately used for agricultural activity and likely to be urbanised in the next 20 years or so.

The meeting, presided over by Institute of Planners Pakistan president and a senior town planner Aslam Mughal, was attended by the UET’s City and Regional Planning Department Chairman Dr Ghulam Abbas Anjum, Punjab government’s Urban Unit representative Dr Nasir Javaid and the representatives of city district government, Lahore Development Authority and other concerned departments. Continue reading

Schedule for distribution of plots

Map of Punjab Pakistan with Nankana Sahib and ...

Map of Punjab Pakistan with Nankana Sahib and Sheikhupura Districts highlighted (Nankana was part of southern Sheikhupura district until May 2005). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Punjab Board of Revenue (BoR) has announced the schedule of distribution of plots among homeless persons under Jinnah Abadi scheme in rural areas, according to which as many as 33,803 plots would be distributed in 20 districts of the province from September 10 to 25.

A spokesman of Board of Revenue said that as many as 6,717 plots would be distributed in district Sargodha among homeless person, while the number of plots in other district would be as follows: Khushab 2172; Mianwali 3317; Chiniot 3784; Rajanpur 2052; Pakpattan 3541; Okara 1112; Nankana Sahib 3096; and Sheikhupura 2532 plots.

Similarly, in DG Khan 874, Sahiwal 1660, Lodhran 417, Narowal 314, Sialkot 617, Gujranwala 243, Kasur 617, Hafizabad 354, Jhelum 166, Rawalpindi 174 and in Attock 45 plots would be distributed.

Provincial Ministers and Members National and Provincial Assemblies would preside over the distribution ceremonies of plots among the homeless persons in Jinnah Abadi scheme in every district. Continue reading