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Ownership right a hard nut to crack

LAHORE – The bureaucracy of Punjab is all set to drop axe on the poor residents of katchi abadis by planning to sale its land on commercial rates, and will charge Rs 40,000 per marla from these poor people to give them the ownership rights, sources informed The Nation.

They further informed that the bureaucracy in fact made such plan to generate such huge revenue of Rs 500 million from this poor class, residing in 39 kachi abadies of the City in order to complete some of the mega development projects.

They said that these were residing there for decades with the approval of the incumbent governments, but no government gave them the ownership rights.

The sources told that a summary in this regard is underway which would soon be sent to Punjab chief minister for approval. They said that present rulers, like previous regimes, only played with the words to grab some votes.

“The bureaucracy in connivance with the government is planning to plunder the poor citizens in the name of allotment against such a huge amount which is impossible for them to arrange”, they added.

The sources further said that if the residents of such katchi abadis could afford such a high rate of land, proposed by the bureaucrats, then they could afford to purchase land in any other developed colonies.

“The kachi abadies residents are still deprived of getting the status of kachi abadies despite the fact that the government had awarded such status to two kachi abadies, established on government land. The process of property transfer in the name of residents is continued after receiving Rs 172 per marla only by the Lahore Development Authority”, they added. The sources informed this scribe that the copy of the proposed summary is available with the Additional Commissioner Usman Anwar, who was not available to comment, when contacted.

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