Lahore: The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has been requested by the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) to give it access to the land acquisition-related data of the city’s major housing plans, including five upscale localities, between 2018 and 2023.
Consequently, the ACE will examine whether or if the landowners’ portion was provided to them in the form of an exemption (providing constructed plots in exchange for the total amount of land ceded to the government), the distribution of plots to the general public, and other matters.
The LDA has been ordered to give the record of the exemption (allotment of built plots through land surrender) relating to Allama Iqbal Town, Gulberg, Johar Town, Sabzazar, Garden Town, Upper Mall, Tajpura, and Gujjarpura, according to a letter from the Lahore ACE.
An LDA officer claims that the ACE may investigate the distribution of plots, compensation, and distribution through exchange of plots, development, mortgaged plots, original maps, and other matters (if needed).
“Allama Iqbal Town, Gulberg, Garden Town, and Upper Mall only have minor problems. However, Tajpura, Gujjarpura, Sabzazar, and Johar Town are where the issue is most prevalent, the insider claimed.
“The allotment, exchange, and exemption of plots are the three main problems in Sabzazar. Many people were compelled through the exchange of plots (allocating plots at better places than the odd ones),” the official said.
According to the law, a 10-marla plot must be exchanged for a 10-marla plot under the “exchange” category, he claimed. Nonetheless, the officials frequently substituted two plots of five marlas apiece in place of ten marla plots in desirable sites.
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