LAHORE: The Lahore Development Authority decided on Friday to develop two new housing societies in the city. These societies would be established on Ferozepur Road and Raiwind Road. The decision was taken in a governing body meeting chaired by Ahad Khan Cheema, the DCO and ex-officio chairman of the LDA. The meeting decided to conduct topographic surveys and obtain satellite images of areas along the two roads to select suitable locations for the housing societies. LDA’s chief metropolitan planner Waseem ahmed Khan was directed to start work on the surveys.

The governing body agreed to increase the compensation amount for corner shops and 43 tuck shops in the Kot Lakhpat vegetables and fruit market. An LDA team negotiating with traders about the shifting of the market to Gajju Matta had proposed the raise for the two categories. The meeting also decided to set up a Finance and Trade Centre on a 1123-kanal plot beside the Expo Centre in Johar Town.

The LDA decided to hold an open auction for the 15 shops on the lower-ground floor and 19 on the ground floor of Park and Ride Plaza at Liberty Market in the first week of July. The meeting approved construction of a building for the Model Girls High School in Block-B/2 of Gujjarpura Scheme. A request would soon be sent to the Education Department in this regard. It rejected a proposal for allotment of a plot in Model Town Extension Scheme (plot No 2 in M-Block) to the Pakistan Engineering Council to compensate for one ( plot No 11 in M-Block) allotted to it but currently occupied by the Women Development and Welfare Centre.

The proposal was rejected on the grounds that the PEC was not a government department. The meeting also turned down a suggestion to allot land at the backside of Surayya Azeem Hospital to the people evicted from the land used in the extension of Chauburji Chowk. Rs400 million collected in two months The Recovery Directorate of the LDA collected Rs400 million in the last two and a half months under the annual and permanent commercialisation fees, the meeting was told.

Under the LDA’s special recovery campaign, these teams were going from door to door in the LDA controlled areas to collect the fee. The teams were authorised to seal properties whose owners failed to clear their dues. The meeting decided that properties on 37 roads (or road segments) in the LDA areas should be permanently commercialised. The owners would soon be served notices in this regard.

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