New housing schemes to be banned in Lahore
Lahore (TheNews / Monday, March 4, 2013) – City District Government Lahore (CDGL) is likely to ban establishment of new residential colonies in the city, it is learnt.
In view of growing number private housing schemes and societies, according to sources, the CDGL administrator is expected to issue a notification to amend Master Plan Lahore 2021 to covert declared residential areas into agricultural land.
Sources said that never-finishing housing schemes were spoiling the face and services of the city by overburdening it, besides destroying its agriculture.
According to master plan review committee proposals sent to the administrator’s office for approval. the areas to be converted include: Slaughterhouse to Shop No 5 on Ferozepur Road; educational institutions zone to Defence Road; LDA Asphalt Plant to Multan Road Mohlanwal Chowk Shumal; Ferozpur Road’s eastern side to Soo-e-Aasil Road; Raiwind-Sunder Road (South); Western area of Multan Road; Manga-Raiwind Road (South); proposed parallel beginning from Multan Road and Raiwind-Sunder Road; and South-Eastern area main railway line Raiwind City.
Sources said that conversion of these areas into agri land would affect many housing schemes especially a big housing schemes against which the CDGL and LDA allegedly had already been in action.
A CDGL official, requesting not to be named, told this correspondent that the master plan, the foundation of a city, could not be changed without advertising changes and consulting with the stake holders, residents etc.
The CDGL had on February 6 notified a ban on new housing schemes, exempting Sunder Industrial estate from this conversion and declaring the banned areas as frozen zones. The CDGL administrator’s office sources say the step had been taken to protect vegetables’ cultivation and environment.