Major Development Projects to install in Lahore
Lahore: According to the sources of Daily Notable,
Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Vice-Chairman S.M Imran has said that the new Master Plan of Lahore will cater to the future needs of the industrial sector.
He was speaking at a meeting of the stakeholders at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI). LCCI President Mian Tariq Misbah presented the address of welcome and highlighted the issues being faced by the business community. CTO Lahore Muntazir Mehdi, Director Town Planning, LDA Shakeel Anjum Minhas, SP Civil Lines Raza Kazmi, and Executive Committee Member Haji Muhammad Asif Sehar also spoke on the occasion.
He said that in the past, all master plans were made without keeping in view the ground realities and due consultation with the stakeholders. He said that the new Master Plan of Lahore is being evolved under wide consultation with the stakeholders to protect their stakes.
“We are making a new Master Plan of Lahore for the next generations”, he said and added that special attention is being given to the environment according to the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
He said that all decisions will be finalized in consultation with the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
LCCI President Mian Tariq Misbah said that there was insufficient land in and around Lahore for industrial investment and expansion as there were only two major industrial estates in Lahore i.e. Sundar and Quaid-e-Azam Industrial Estate which had reached their full capacity. This was the main reason that the cost of industrial land had gone extremely high in Lahore.
He said that LCCI has always advocated for the re-zoning of the Lahore Division to accommodate the needs of the future expansion of the industrial sector, he added.
He said that due to the lack of industrial zoning, the industry was overburdened by a high rate of conversion fee for land use charged by LDA (20 percent of the value according to DC rate).
He said that LCCI had also proposed that all existing industrial units should be regularised without any prescribed fee and conversion charges. Mian Tariq Misbah added that in a recent development, the government had removed Sheikhupura, Kasur, Nankana from the limits of LDA.
This would limit the jurisdiction of LDA and hamper the pace of development activities in these districts. Sheikhupura, Kasur, and Nankana would come under the control of RUDA, he said and added that it must be shared which government organization would regulate these districts from now on.
He said that the business community appreciated the vision of the Prime Minister regarding the Ravi Riverfront Development Project as it would enhance the growth rate of housing, construction, and many allied sectors.
Mian Tariq Misbah said that in the planning stage of this multi-trillion rupees project, the industrial units located in and around this area, especially the steel rolling units were being marked and sealed. Notices were being served to the industrial units under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act.
He mentioned that hundreds of industrial units are located in this area for many years which were providing substantial employment opportunities. He recommended that all measures should be taken in consultation with the stakeholders and this affair should be handled with care and responsibility.
Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Vice-Chairman S.M Imran admits the negligence of master planning in previous tasks. While to avoid previous blunders the jurisdiction of LDA has been decreased. This act of SM Imran should be appreciated but the Director-General Ahmad Aziz Taraar has still his position.
As a matter of fact, S.M Imran has not noticed the corruption, being done under his nose. Or the other way, he might doesn’t know the creativity of his DG.
The point is that how, in fact why a corrupt officer be granted major projects or even minor ones?
Does Pakistan lack intelligent and honest individuals for this post?
If not the case, then why to believe in a corrupt officer. His corruption and wrongdoings are so prominent in file #SZR-BS-832 but no one is considering the file. On the contrary, giving him more projects without the inquiry of already existing allegations. This work poses big allegations on LDA. The trust of innocent citizens has been brutally threatened. There was a time when people had full confidence in the institution but now it has started shaking. I fear the time when the public will completely lose its faith in LDA.
The purpose of my writings is to brief the public about facts. LDA is highly requested to shift its concerns towards the hierarchy of the system.
Do take progressive steps but the transparency of the system must be of the utmost value. People like Ahmad Aziz Taraar and Rauf make the working of the whole team questionable. Therefore, kindly consider all the facts and figures before assigning new projects. Each and every step taken by any authority should always be in the best interest of Pakistan and Pakistanis. -PUNA.