LDA warns against illegal housing schemes

LAHORE: The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has informed the public that the authority is the only competent and authorised body for granting an approval for launching/developing private housing schemes/land sub-divisions in Lahore, Sheikhupura, Nankana Sahib and Kasur, the four districts of the Lahore division.

Except LDA, no other authority or town/tehsil municipal administration, any local body or the government agency was authorized to approve such schemes in the Lahore division after Sept 19, 2013, when the LDA work scope was extended to the entire division.
β€œAny approval accorded by any other government agency in the Lahore division after this date is not valid and lawful,” says an LDA spokesman.

Under the provisions of the LDA Act 1975, sponsors of private housing schemes, farm housing schemes and land sub-divisions were not allowed to develop the scheme without the approval of LDA.

They are also not allowed to advertise any scheme or project prior to formal approval of the LDA and, even after the approval, the sponsors are not allowed to advertise the scheme without getting an NOC from the LDA.

He said the LDA could take action, including imposition of penalty on sponsors, submission of complaints against them in police station, sealing/demolishing of illegal construction and development works in schemes.

In the interest of public, all advertising agencies have also been informed not to publish or broadcast any advertisement in print and electronic media without checking a duly issued NOC from the LDA, he said.