Progress report: 6 firms shortlisted for 2035 master plan

LAHORE: The Metropolitan Planning Wing of the Lahore Development Authority has shortlisted six international firms, with representation in Pakistan, and invited technical and financial proposals from them for the preparation of the Master Plan 2035 for Lahore.

Advertisements seeking bids from interested parties were published in August 2012.

Commercialisation fees

The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) collected Rs2.3412 billion in commercialisation fees during 2012. This included Rs2.0012 billion collected as permanent commercialisation fees and Rs340 million received as annual or temporary commercialisation fee.

Meanwhile, 500 properties were sealed during the year due to their failure to pay the commercialisation fee despite notices and reminders by the authority.

The LDA’s Town Planning Wing disposed of 238 applications seeking permanent commercialisation, besides taking action on 168 out of the 170 applications for extension to the permission for annual commercialisation. The Wing also received 4,273 applications for the approval of building plans, 4,244 of which were disposed of. They also received 817 applications for the issuance of completion certificates of buildings out of which 803 were disposed of. Continue reading

BRTS almost completed: Shahbaz

LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday announced that the Metro Bus project was in the final stages of completion, adding that modern and comfortable metro buses would soon be made operational for the benefit of the masses. Speaking to journalists after visiting various sections of the Metro Bus project, the chief minister said that the project would be completed within the stipulated period of 11 months, adding that a similar project took two years for completion in Turkey. Shahbaz further said that he was satisfied with the successful test launch of the Metro Bus, adding that Metro Bus was a revolutionary effort in changing the transport system of the city.

The chief minister lauded the efforts of construction workers who were working round-the-clock during winters to finish the mega-project. He further said that the Metro Bus project was a historic achievement by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government in Punjab.  Continue reading

LDA’s refusal to develop a park

LAHORE: We, the residents of Johar Town, had bought plots next to a massive amenity plot meant for a park, as outlined in the Lahore Development Authority’s (LDA) master plan. Now that the whole area has been developed and become inhabited, there is still no sign of the park being built. We contacted the director general of the LDA who told us that this concerned a case pending with the Lahore High Court and that we should wait — so we did that.

The Court told the Authority to make the needed payments to settle the dispute so that the amenity plot land could be used accordingly. The LDA approached the Supreme Court (writ petition No 11293/07) but eventually withdrew it in July 2011, saying that it would act on the direction given earlier by the LHC.

Now it is almost a year and a half later and the LDA has yet to comply and develop the amenity plot into a park. Meanwhile, the land has become an open landfill, used by the area’s residents for their household garbage and waste. Are we to think that Grade 18 officers of the Punjab government are so powerful that they will openly defy a clear directive given by the Lahore High Court? Continue reading

LDA collects over Rs 2 billion commercialisation fee

Staff Report

LAHORE: The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has succeeded in collecting a sum of Rs 2.340 billions on account of commercialisation fee, including Rs 2 billion under the head of permanent commercialisation fee during the year 2012. The remaining Rs 340 million was collected against annual/temporary commercialisation fee. As many as 500 properties, which had failed to pay the commercialization fee despite repeated notices, had been sealed during this period to gear up collection of commercialization charges from these properties.

Town Planning Wing of LDA disposed off all the 238 applications seeking permanent commercialization besides taking appropriate action on 168 out of 170 pleas for extension in the permission for annual commercialization. The TP Wing also received a total of 4273 applications for approval of building plans and 817 for issuance of completion certificates of buildings out of which 4244 and 803 were disposed of respectively. Metropolitan Planning Wing of LDA has shortlisted six international firms, having representation in Pakistan, and has invited ‘Technical and Financial Proposals’ from them for preparation of Master Plan 2035 for Lahore. Advertisements for seeking bids from such firms had been got published in national and international newspapers in August 2012. Continue reading

Capital roads in need of repair

ISLAMABAD, Dec 30: Several roads were damaged as a result of the recent spell of winter rains in the Federal Capital, highlighting the urgent need for repair work by the concerned department of Capital Development Authority (CDA).

The road from NDC to 7-Up Chowk has deteriorated due to the heavy traffic plying the route and rains have further damaged spots, which were already in need of repair. The entire road, especially near the Islamabad Railway Station and I-10/3 industrial area, is in very bad shape and several accidents have been reported, said Talha Nadeem, a motorist who lives in I-10/2 Sector and uses the road for commuting to his office, in Blue Area.

He said that during the rains, the road turns into a pond and the drivers cannot spot the big holes in the roads and as a result vehicles get damaged.

Similarly, link road from Sabzi Mandi to NDC has also been damaged for a kilometre long strip and requires urgent maintenance.

A taxi driver informed that there are big holes in the centre of the road in front of H-9 College and said the concerned authorities are not interested in the rehabilitation of this road, which is being used by a large number of public and private transport vehicles.

He pointed out that the portion of Kashmir Road between Peshawar Mor to G-10 also needs repairing.

When contacted, an official of the concerned department of CDA informed that the maintenance of all the roads is being carried out on a regular basis. The repair and maintenance work of all the roads needing repair would also be completed as early as possible.—APP Continue reading

What kept LDA busy in 2012

LAHORE – Lahore Development Authority collected a sum of Rs2.3412 billion on account of Commercialisation Fee, including Rs2.0012 billion under the head of permanent commercialisation and remaining Rs340 million against annual/temporary commercialisation during the year 2012, achieving the given target of two billion rupees.

As many as 500 properties, which had failed to pay the commercialisation fee despite repeated notices, had been sealed during this period to gear up collection of commercialisation charges from these properties.

Town Planning Wing of LDA disposed off all the 238 applications seeking permanent commercialisation besides taking appropriate action on 168 out of 170 pleas for extension in the permission for annual commercialisation.

The TP Wing also received a total of 4273 applications for approval of building plans and 817 for issuance of completion certificates of buildings out of which 4244 and 803 were disposed of respectively.

Metropolitan Planning Wing of LDA has shortlisted six international firms, having representation in Pakistan, and invited ‘Technical and Financial Proposals’ from them for preparation of Master Plan 2035 for Lahore. Advertisements for seeking bids from such firms had been published in national and international newspapers in August 2012.

The CMP wing also launched crackdown against 25 out of the 240 approved private housing schemes in the provincial metropolis which had violated the scheme plan approved by LDA, sold the mortgaged plots, carved out plots in public utility sites or illegally extended their schemes without getting necessary approval from LDA.

An unusual awareness campaign was launched for the benefit of buyers of plots in these schemes by prominently publishing advertisements in the newspapers besides setting up a special counter No 3 at LDA’s One Window Cell for providing necessary information to them about the legal status of private housing schemes and plots situated in them. Continue reading

Punjab will be made a ‘Silicon Valley’: Shahbaz

English: Nawaz Sharif meets envoy

English: Nawaz Sharif meets envoy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

* International firm vows to increase cooperation with Punjab govt in IT sector

* CM reviews progress on Ashiana housing project 

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the development in the IT sector is the need of the hour and the Punjab government has launched revolutionary programmes for the promotion of information technology and the province would be made a “Silicon Valley”, a reference to the hi-tech industries hub in the US.

The chief minister said this while talking to the world-renowned IT company Teradata Corporation’s Chief Technical Officer Stephen Brobst on Saturday. Punjab Information Technology Board Chairman Dr Umar Saif and other IT experts were also present in the meeting. The chief minister said that the Punjab government is providing facilities and incentives to international IT companies for investment in the province, and due to this reason renowned international companies are making huge investment in Punjab. Citing the steps taken by the provincial government, he said that Punjab government has established IT labs in 4,300 high schools at a cost of Rs 5 billion, while modern education is being imparted to both girls and boys in Danish Schools through Smart BoardContinue reading

Aashiyana Housing Schemes: work begins in many cities, says Shahbaz

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that the Aashiyana Housing Schemes have been launched for low-income families and the dream of labourers, farmers, destitute, orphans and widows has been materialised through these schemes. He said that better facilities than residential colonies of ministers and officers are being provided in the Aashiyana housing schemes as the neglected segments of society have also full right on government resources.

He said that besides Lahore, work has also been started on Aashiyana project in Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Chiniot, Kasur and Bahawalpur. He was presiding over a high-level meeting held to review the progress on the Aashiyana Housing Project, here on Saturday. Senator Ishaq Dar, Vice Chairman Punjab Land Development Company Sheikh Allauddin, MPA Mian Naseer, Chairman Planning and Development, Secretary Finance, Commissioner Lahore Division, Member Board of Revenue, District Co-ordination Officer Lahore, Chief Executive Officer PLDC and other concerned officers attended the meeting.
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CM orders stepping up work on Ashiyana

LAHORE – While directing the concerned authorities to further accelerate the pace of work in Aashiyana housing schemes, Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday set up a committee headed by Justice (retd) Aamir Raza to monitor the process of auctioning of commercial plots in these schemes.

The CM said that the Aashiyana Housing Schemes had been launched for low-income families who will get better facilities than residential colonies of ministers and officers in that schemes. The neglected segments of the society also have full right on government resources, he said adding, besides Lahore, work had also been started on Aashiyana project in Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Chiniot, Kasur and Bahawalpur.

He was presiding over a held to review the progress on Aashiyana Housing Project. Senator Ishaq Dar, Vice Chairman Punjab Land Development Company Sheikh Allaud Din, MPA Mian Naseer, Chairman Planning & Development, Secretary Finance, Commissioner Lahore Division, Member Board of Revenue, District Coordination Officer Lahore, Chief Executive Officer PLDC and other concerned officers attended the meeting. Continue reading

2012 bleak year for real estate sector: ABAD

KARACHI: Poor law and order situation, unstable economy and land grabbing remained the major contributors towards dull activity in real estate sector during 2012, said Anwar Gagai Chairman Association of Builders and Developers of Pakistan (ABAD) on Saturday.

We still have enough demand but poor security and law and order situation became barrier in the way of investment in real state sector, he added. Government should take concrete measures to placate the situation other wise this sector would more adversely affect in 2013, he said.

Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Standing Committee for Real Estate Chairman Munir Sultan said country’s requirement was 1.5 million houses per year but around half of the numbers are built.

Quoting State Bank of Pakistan’s figures, he said only 4.5 percent contribution in GDP from real state sector was recorded in 2011-2012 fiscal year while it was 18.5 percent in 2005.

Munir termed it was a failure of government as they constantly showing apathy toward real sector resulting high housing backlog.  Continue reading