LDA starts compensating property owners

LAHORE – The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has started payment of compensation to the ex-owners whose properties have been acquired for construction of the Bus Rapid TransitSystem (BRTS).

Map of Punjab Pakistan with Lahore District hi...

Map of Punjab Pakistan with Lahore District highlighted (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This payment is being made at the rate determined by the District Price Assessment Committee and an amount of Rs1.8 billion has already been released to the land acquisition collector for this purpose.

Ex-owners of the properties situated from Ichhra to Bhatti Gate are being compensated in the first phase and an amount of Rs85.41 million has so far been disbursed among the 39 ex-owners of 17 kanals, 8 marlas and 150 square feet land along this route.

Other owners of the acquired properties have been asked to contact the LDA land acquisition collector along with their ownership documents.

Lahore District Coordination Officer (DCO) Noor-ul-Amin Mengal said on Friday to protect the life of citizens was the topmost responsibility of the CDGL administration and its officers were performing their duties in this regard. Continue reading

Street 74 of G-13/2 deprived of gas

ISLAMABAD – Dual standards of department of Sui gas become visible as Street 74 of posh sector of G-13/2, Islamabad, remains deprived of gas pipeline.

Sources said that unlike the surrounding streets, which enjoy availability of gas, five houses and a mosque situated in Street 74 have no gas connection.

Residents of the street expressed the view that they have made relevant payments to Housing Foundation on account of development projects but the gas-pipelines have not been laid in the street. The affected citizens informed that when they contact the officials of housing foundation, they say that the responsibility of provision of gas-connection is that of the department of Sui gas.

But the Sui gas department have turned a deaf ear to the grievances of residents of the street. The locals have demanded of the authorities concerned to attend to their plight and provide gas connection to the street. Continue reading

Prime land lost to encroachers

ISLAMABAD, Sept 29: Encroachers have a field day as the Capital Development Authority continues to look the other way. The latest site to have fallen to the menace is the area around the Maragalla police station estimated to be worth Rs5 billion.

“The authority is losing land in different proportions close to Margalla Railway Station,” a senior-ranking official of the authority told Dawn on the basis of anonymity.

“Obviously, the Pakistan Railways is involved,” accused the official.

According to him, the Margalla Railway Station was established in 1979 and the land was leased to Pakistan Railways to lay the rail track (also called leased right of way).

“The railway station was again opened in 1988 but only for freight services,” added the official.

He opined that two decades later, the encroachment by Pakistan Railways right under the nose of the CDA management was intriguing.

A visit to the site revealed that tractors were working to level the open field adjacent to the railway station while steel structures had been erected by labourers.A source in Pakistan Railways added: “The station is spread over an area of 13.5 acres.

Right of way for the rail track was also given to the Pakistan Railways but it is not allowed to lease this land to any other party since a second lease is illegal under the government’s land laws.”

The source maintained: “If the encroachment continues at its current pace, the CDA will lose land on both sides of the rail track.”

While the PR spokesman was not available to comment, the CDA spokesman Masoodur Rehman admitted that the land had been encroached. Continue reading