Plan to name chowk after Bhagat Singh dropped

LAHORE .: The Dilkash Lahore Committee has apparently dropped the idea of renaming Shadman Chowk after freedom fighter Bhagat Singh in the face of opposition from rightwing religious groups and decided to instead rename it after poet Habib Jalib.

A press release issued on Wednesday night after a meeting of the committee said that it had recommended the following changes to the provincial government: Shadman Chowk be renamed after Habib Jalib, Bekhewal Chowk after Waris Mir, the Model Town Park roundabout after Hafeez Jullundhri, Hafeez Centre Chowk after Masood Khadarpoosh, Old Club Road after Hashim Khan, GC Chowk after Professor Ashfaq Ahmad, Kucheri Chowk after Professor Nazir, the GT Road Interchange after Sher Shah Suri and the DHA Interchange after Sir Justice Mian Abdul Rasheed.

District Coordination Officer (DCO) Noorul Amin Mengal had earlier said that Shadman Chowk would be renamed after Bhagat Singh, the freedom fighter hanged at the spot almost a century ago, to acknowledge his struggle against British rule. The move drew opposition from the Tehreeki-Hurmat-i-Rasool, which challenged the move in the Lahore High Court. At the last hearing on November 30, the court had extended a stay order on the renaming of the chowk after Bhagat Singh.

The DCO told the committee on Wednesday that the suggested name changes had been advertised in the press. The press release from the city government did not mention the earlier plan to rename the chowk after Bhagat Singh. Continue reading

LDA issues notices to building laws violators in 24 elite housing societies

LAHORE: After carrying out a detailed survey of approved private housing schemes in the provincial metropolis, the Town Planning Wing of Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has issued notices to the owners who have constructed their houses without approval of building plans or in contravention of approved plans, for getting their constructions regularised within one week. Failure at the part of owners will invoke legal action against their buildings after this period.

LDA has issued notices to the houses situated in PIA Housing Society, Awasia Housing Society, Air Lines Housing Society, Architect and Engineers Housing Society, Punjab Government Employees Cooperative Housing Society, PCSIR Staff Society Phase-2, Iqbal Avenue Phase-1, NFC Employees Society Phase-1, UET Society, Eden Value Homes, River Edge, Chanar Bagh, Army Welfare Trust Society, Fazaiya Housing Society, Central Park, Elite Town, Bahria Town, Valencia Town, Engineers Town, Khayaban-e-Amin, Tricon Valley, Sukh Chain Garden, Aitcheson College Society and Punjab University Employees Cooperative Housing Society.

Meanwhile, staff of the Commercialisation Directorate of the LDA sealed as many as 25 properties on College Road, Township on Thursday as they had not deposited the commercialisation fee despite being served repeated notices in this regard. staff report Continue reading

7995 persons occupying CDA land in Afghan Basti

ISLAMABAD – A latest survey conducted by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to determine the quantum of Afghans and Pakistanis in the marked Afghan Basti, Sector I-11/1, has brought to light some eye-opening facts.

The survey conducted in the first week of this month, unveiled that some 7995 individuals comprising 864 families are occupying CDA’s valuable land in Sector I-11/1.

Out of 864 families, some 47 families (415 individuals) are of Punjab origin, 114 registered Afghan families comprising 1022 individuals, 27 non-registered Afghan families (254 individuals), 324 families (3199 individuals) are of Mohmand and Bajaur Agencies origin, while 3105 individuals making up 352 families are from the different cities of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan.
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Illegal construction Notices to developers of housing schemes

LAHORE, Dec 13: Following a detailed survey on the construction of illegally-constructed houses by owners of various approved housing societies/schemes in the provincial metropolis, the Lahore Development Authority on Thursday issued notices to developers of over 20 schemes for doing so without getting houses/building plans/drawings approved from the competent authority.

The residential schemes/societies whose owners constructed houses include PIA Housing Society, Awasia Housing Society, Air Lines Housing Society, Architect and Engineers Housing Society, Punjab Government Employees Cooperative Housing Society, PCSIR Staff Society Phase-2, Iqbal Avenue Phase-1, NFC Employees Society Phase-1, UET Society, Eden Value Homes, River Edge, Chanar Bagh, Army Welfare Trust Society, Fazaiya Housing Society, Central Park, Elite Town, Bahria Town, Valencia Town, Engineers Town, Khayaban-e-Amin, Tricon Valley, Sukh Chain Garden, Aitchison College Society and Punjab University Employees Cooperative Housing Society.

According to an LDA spokesman, the LDA administration has also directed the developers to get their houses/building plans approved from the authority within a week failing which a legal action against them will be taken.

Meanwhile, the LDA commercialization wing has abolished the temporary commercialization system/policy, issuing notices to dozens of buildings’ owners for getting their properties commercialized permanently at 48 commercial declared roads. Continue reading

LDA undergoes ‘development’

LAHORE – In order to provide welfare facilities as well as financial assistance to the deserving employees of Lahore Development Authority, Director General LDA Ahad Khan Cheema has constituted a committee regarding disbursement/utilisation of Welfare Fund in UD Wing.

Headed by Additional Director General (HQ), LDA, the committee will include Director Administration, Director Finance, and Director C&I, LDA, as members. The committee will scrutinize the requests of deserving employees of LDA to give recommendations to Director General, LDA in the light of unanimous decisions.

In case of accident of an employee or his dependent, a financial assistance shall be given to an employee, in each case, subject to verification/documentation and recommendations of the committee. An amount of Rs 25 thousands will be given in case of minor accident causing fracture/serious injuries where as an assistance of Rs 50,000 will be provided in case of Major accident causing serious fracture/surgical problem. In case of any loss caused due to natural calamities, the financial assistance of Rs 25000 to Rs 50,000 shall be given to the employee on the basis of strong evidence/proof and recommendations of the Committee. Continue reading

NA body sets Jan 15 as deadline CDA asked to remove Katchi Abadi in I-11

ISLAMABAD, Dec 13: National Assembly’s sub-committee on the cabinet secretariat on Thursday instructed the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration to remove Katchi Abadi (illegal settlements) in Sector I-11by January 15, 2013.

According to a joint survey conducted by CDA and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are 864 families and 7,995 individuals residing in the Kachi Abadi. Among them 1,022 are registered and 254 unregistered Afghan refugees.

The allotment of plots in the sector started in 1990. A total of 2,497 plots of small size were given away to the original settlers, CDA employees and the general public. Some of the original settlers and CDA employees sold their plots but people who purchased them still have to get possession.

Later in June 2009, another package deal was announced because residents of Sorain Village in the area refused to vacate their part of the land. Continue reading