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Crackdown on illegally set-up housing schemes in Lahore

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The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has launched a crackdown on housing schemes which are illegally extending their society area and committing other violations of approved scheme plans.

In a joint endeavour on Tuesday, staff of Metropolitan and Town Planning wings of LDA stopped development works being carried out in the illegally extended area by the management of River Edge Housing Scheme, on Multan Road.

LDA had already lodged an FIR against the housing society for violating law. LDA says it has taken action against the housing scheme to safeguard the hard-earned money of intending buyers of plots.

River Edge Housing Scheme was approved by LDA in 2006 for an area of 765.75 kanals. It consisted of four blocks, namely Topaz, Sapphire Jasmine and Jade.

Later, LDA came to know that the management of the River Edge Housing Scheme had extended the scheme areas illegally and also started building some blocks illegally with the names of Rose, Tulip and Gold, besides illegally extending Topaz block.

The revised plan of River Edge Housing Scheme, including the plan for illegal extension of the scheme, submitted by its management had already been rejected by LDA.

LDA had informed the general public not to purchase any plot in the illegal extension of the scheme.

Meanwhile, management of the scheme had assured LDA that it would neither illegally extend area of the society nor would it sell the illegally carved out plots to people.

The management of River Edge Housing Scheme has also started dismantling the infrastructure constructed in the illegally extended area.

Meanwhile, in connection with its an ongoing drive against defaulters of commercialisation fee, staff of the LDA Commercialisation Directorate sealed 20 properties along Main Road Samanabad.

According to LDA, these properties were causing a huge financial loss to the authority by denying payment of the requisite amount.

In another move, staff of the LDA Town Planning Wing demolished an under-construction marriage hall on Multan Road near Hanjerwal.

The structure was being constructed in an LDA-controlled area without getting the plot commercialised. Building plan for the structure was also not sent to LDA for its approval. Daily Times

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