6 houses used for commercial activity sealed

ISLAMABAD – Capital Development Authority (CDA) officials have sealed six more houses in Sector F-6/1 for violating the authority’s by-laws. On directives of CDA Chairman Tahir Shahbaz, a team of Enforcement Directorate and Building Control officials led by Planning and Design Member Mustafeen Kazmi carried out an operation against the commercial use of houses in residential areas.

A boutique in House No-40, Street 32, an art gallery in House No-4, Street 41, a gym in House No-15 on School Road, an office in House No-41, Street 38, a furniture décor showroom in House No-20 on Seventh Avenue and another boutique in House No-39, Street 32 in Sector F-6/1 were sealed.

The CDA began the campaign a few days ago against commercial activities in residential areas and sealed over a dozen houses. Continue reading

Computerising land record: files go missing

RAWALPINDI, Dec 12: The City District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR) has decided to get strict with revenue officials and asked assistant commissioners (AC) to start inspections of records in tehsil offices and Patwar Khanas,  after it was discovered that a large cache of land revenue records were missing.

The land revenue record, including 181 mauzaat (villages), 156 field books, 90 daily reports, went missing last month and it raised alarm bells in the provincial headquarters. The officials of revenue office were of the view that the record was destroyed during computerisation process.

However, on directives of District Coordination Officer (DCO) Saqib Zafar, the revenue record officials managed to recover record of 51 villages, 42 field books, 25 daily reports and assured that they would recover the remaining records.

The revenue department official told Dawn that the provincial government had started computerisation of land records and Patwaris were against this and therefore they hid some files. Continue reading

LDA to stop commercial activity on 48 roads


THE Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has decided to terminate the annual commercialisation process on 48 declared roads under its control after December 31, 2012.

These properties could, however, be got permanently commercialised after the payment of the requisite fee for this purpose.

Notices are being served on the owners of these properties for getting their properties permanently commercialised.

It is to be mentioned that the commercial activity had been allowed on 48 roads situated in LDA schemes, under Land Use Rules 2009.

The LDA has also decided not to extend the permission for the annual/temporary commercialisation on roads other than 48 declared roads after December 13, 2013.

All sorts of commercial activity will be banned on such roads after the said date.

Meanwhile, the LDA has granted one week’s relaxation for depositing the commercialisation fee by showrooms that have been illegally set up and are functioning on Main Road Samanabad and Gulshan-e-Ravi.

During this period, the LDA staff will measure the area of these properties which is being used for commercial activities and receive pay orders for the annual commercialisation after the expiry of this period. Continue reading